HE’S determined to do good in his mother’s memory, and soon Sam Bennett will be taking part in an emotional walk to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.
Sam, 10, will be taking part in the children’s Moonlit Memories Meander.
He will be walking in memory of his mum Fiona, who died at the Purbrook hospice following a battle with cancer, in June last year, aged 42.
Sam, who goes to Copnor Junior School, will be doing the three-mile course, which starts and finishes at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
He said: ‘I like raising money for the hospice because that’s where my mum went and they were really nice to her.
‘I have raised money for them with a car boot sale and a charity football match as it helps me to remember my mum.
‘I want to do the full Moonlit Memories Walk when I’m older.’
Sam, who also took part last year, will be accompanied by his dad Matt, 41, of New Road, Copnor.
Hannah Wilding, events fundraiser at hospice, said: ‘The Meander is now in its third year and is going to be a great evening, with music and entertainment at the start and a hot meal and a medal for each child at the end.
‘The children love the excitement of walking around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HM Naval Base in the dark and with HMS Victory lit up, it is a spectacular sight.
‘St Ann’s Church will be open especially for those who wish to light a candle in memory of someone who has died and most of the children like to do this. It is incredibly moving to see all the candles in the church. We are also asking children to make and decorate a star to bring along on the night to shine out in memory of someone special.’
Last year more than 500 children took part in the fundraising walk.
This year’s walk takes place on Thursday, November 1, at 6.30pm.
People cannot register on the night, but can join online or over the phone.
The deadline to register closes this Friday.
Children can choose to walk 1.5 or three miles and have a target to raise £25 in sponsorship.
After they register, children get a pack, which includes fundraising tips.
To register go to rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8533.