Moonlit walk is full of memories for lecturer

STEPPING OUT Elizabeth Howkin
STEPPING OUT Elizabeth Howkin

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RETIRED lecturer Elizabeth Howkin is preparing to take part in a poignant memorial walk this evening.

She is one of hundreds who will be taking part in the sixth Moonlit Memories Walk in Portsmouth.

Elizabeth, of Castle Street, Portchester, will be taking part to remember her husband Ken.

Mr Howkin, 72, died in May 2011, and had been diagnosed with renal cancer.

He spent his last three days at the Purbrook hospice, and Mrs Howkin said they were both supported by the service.

The 70-year-old said: ‘Ken was healthy and was very active, especially politically.

‘When he was diagnosed, we both felt lost, but I felt terrified, and quite alone.

‘We got in touch with the hospice, and they really helped both of us, but I felt especially me. He was very positive about it and talked about it. After he passed away, the hospice provided me with a tremendous amount of support.’

Hundreds of walkers will descend upon Castle Field, in Southsea, where the walk is due to start at 11pm.

Each person pays a registration fee, and is then asked to raise sponsorship money.

All cash generated goes towards running the Purbrook hospice. Around 1,175 people have signed up. Each year walkers take part in either a 12-mile or six-mile route around Southsea and Old Portsmouth, in memory of a lost loved one.

The event starts at 11pm, in Castle Field, Southsea, with live music from Skadaddles.