MOST people knew Albert ‘Albie’ McCann as a legendary Pompey footballer, a gentleman and a pillar of the community.
But to daughter, Laura Chapman, he was also a loving father and someone who deserved the very best care in his later years.
That’s why Laura, 44, is taking part in a Moonlit Memories fundraising walk for The Rowans Hospice on June 20.
A campaign to encourage people to sign up for the event was launched yesterday at the Buckland office of sponsors, Biscoes Solicitors.
Laura, of Emsworth, said she and a group of eight others did the walk last year for Albie, who died last January aged 72 and had been cared for by hospice staff at his home.
‘He was such a nice, wonderful person,’ she said.
‘The walk itself had a fantastic atmosphere.
‘It was absolutely amazing being part of 1,000 people walking off into the night.’
Hospice chairman Ian Young thanked the hospice team for organising the event and said: ‘This is our major fundraising event and it has been a huge success over the years.
‘It’s very special for the people who take part because it is a memory event, and it’s also such a fun thing to be a part of.
‘It was absolutely amazing being part of 1,00 people walking off into the night.’
‘With our ageing population we need to keep moving forward and raising more funds.’
Biscoes managing partner Jean Evans said: ‘Many people in Portsmouth are familiar with The Rowans for what it has done for family and friends. It’s such a worthwhile cause.’
The walk has raised £1.7m for the hospice since it started seven years ago.
The event is open to participants 13 and over who can walk either a six-mile or a 12-mile route, starting from 11pm.
The route goes along the seafront and up to the Historic Dockyard. For more information or to register call (023) 9223 8533 or visit rowanshospice.co.uk.