Hundreds of people took part in The Rowans Hospice Moonlit Memories Walk to remember their loved ones. Families from across the area walked the 12-miles and lit a candle at the cathedral. ELLIE PILMOOR reports.
Lighting a candle in memory of her dad is how Emma Hoskins marked the beginning of Father’s Day.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Emma was one of hundreds of people remembering their loved ones.
The 47-year-old, from Fareham, took part in the Moonlit Memories Walk after her dad Dennis Rogers, pictured right, died in May, aged 81, from prostate cancer.
He spent time at The Rowans Hospice – the organiser of the walk which has six-mile and 12-mile routes.
Emma says: ‘It was the first time I have taken part in the walk and it was in memory of my dad Den.
‘He recently died and yesterday was my first Father’s Day without him.
‘I thought the Moonlit Memories Walk was a good opportunity to do something in memory of him. It made the event even more special that it was leading into Father’s Day.
‘It felt so much more special doing it for that reason. It was all for my dad.’
She adds: ‘The Rowans Hospice is fantastic and I could never repay them for the work they do.
It made the event even more special that it was leading into Father’s DayEmma Hoskins
‘I wanted to raise money to give something back.’
Emma completed the six-mile walk but wants to take part in the 12-mile route next year.
The Moonlit Memories Walk is held every year encouraging people to walk along Southsea seafront, through Old Portsmouth and Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard during the night.
It offers two routes, both stopping at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral where the people taking part can light a candle.
HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower were also lit up to mark the occasion.
So far, more than £88,000 has been raised.
Friends Terry Hull and Marilyn Cunningham, from Liss, Maria Crawford from Bordon, Wendy McMullen, from Liphook, and Julie Dockree, from Lindford, took part.
Wendy, 55, was walking in memory of her parents Betty and Mac McMullen. She raised £200 for The Rowans.
She says: ‘I wasn’t expecting to raise that much at all.
‘My mum died of a brain tumour and my dad from lung cancer so the work The Rowans does is something I understand.
‘This is the first time I have taken part and I decided to do the 12 miles.
‘It was really, really good and the distance wasn’t that bad as I walk quite a lot. I would like to do it again next year because it is a fantastic event.’
They’ll be back
FRIENDS Sophie Green and Sarah Fowler have been inspired by this year’s walk to take part again next year.
Sophie, 29, from Bedhampton was walking in memory of her grandad Peter Wichall and mum-in-law Christine Green.
Her grandad died from bowel cancer and was transferred to The Rowans Hospice. She said: ‘The walk was really, really good and the atmosphere was lovely.
‘We did the six miles and that was just about right.
‘I would like to take part again next year and maybe take on the 12 miles.’ Sophie, pictured left, with Sarah, raised around £200.
WALKING with her grandson made the Moonlit Memories Walk even more moving for Maxine Pinhorne.
She was joined by Sonny, 14, to remember her daughter and Sonny’s mum Kelly.
Kelly, pictured left, who also had two daughters Sydney, 18, and Savanah, seven, died four years ago from cervical cancer.
Maxine, 58, from West Leigh, said: ‘I have done the walk before but doing it with Sonny made it even better.’
‘He enjoyed it so much and he liked seeing the cathedral and lighting the candle for his mum.’