Pompey star’s widow will walk in his memory

From left, Jedd Withers, Sue Hazzard, Pat Phillips, Jackie Marris and Oliver Gibson from The Rowans Furniture Shop in Cosham
From left, Jedd Withers, Sue Hazzard, Pat Phillips, Jackie Marris and Oliver Gibson from The Rowans Furniture Shop in Cosham
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  • Widow of John Phillips will take part in Moonlit Memories Walk
  • Pat Phillips and colleagues aim to raise £1,000 for the Rowans Hospice
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THE widow of Pompey legend John Phillips will take part in a night-time charity walk in his memory.

Pat Phillips is planning to do the 12-mile Moonlit Memories Walk for John, who played 77 league games for Pompey in the late 1950s.

The walk raises money for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook, which supported John before he died in January last year aged 76.

Pat said: ‘I just needed to do something to pay back The Rowans for the fantastic support they gave John and also me after he passed away.

‘I’m pleased I feel able to do the walk this year.

‘It was a bit too soon this time last year, but now I want to help raise as money as possible for this wonderful local charity.’

I really want to help raise as money as possible for this wonderful local charity.

Pat Phillips

After retiring from football, John played a leading role in Pompey’s ex-professional players committee.

Pat volunteers at The Rowans Furniture Shop in Cosham and four other members of staff have formed a team to join her on the walk. Together they aim to raise more than £1,000.

One of them, shop manager Jackie Marris, also has a connection to the Blues.

Jackie’s uncle Sammy Chapman played for Pompey in the early 1960s.

Jackie said: ‘My mum died 10 years ago and The Rowans was wonderful. It is just such a very good cause.’

Other team members are assistant shop manager Oliver Gibson and shop volunteers Sue Hazzard and Jedd Withers.

The walk takes place at 11pm on Saturday, June 20 and takes in Historic Dockyard, Old Portsmouth and Southsea Castle.

Participants can do either a six-mile or a 12-mile route.

Donations to Pat’s team can be made online at justgiving.com/rowansfurnitureteam or by calling the shop on (023) 9237 8591.

Since it began in 2008, the walk has become the Rowans’ most successful fundraiser and it has raised more than £1.4m to support the hospice.

For more information visit rowanshospice.co.uk.

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