Sylvia’s memories of husband lead to stroll in moonlight

MEMORIES Sylvia Crawley with husband Michael, who was a proud grandfather
MEMORIES Sylvia Crawley with husband Michael, who was a proud grandfather
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WIDOW Sylvia Crawley has signed up to a midnight stroll in aid of the Rowans Hospice – and there’s time for you to do the same.

Sylvia will be one of those taking part in memory of her husband Michael who passed away in 2009.

The hospice hopes more people than ever will take part this year thanks to a new shorter route it has introduced.

For the first time a five-mile route will take place as well as the usual 12-mile route – and children aged 13 and over can now take part with family members.

The event, on June 16, will see thousands walk from Castle Field, in Southsea, past HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower in memory of loved ones.

Sylvia, 70, of The Glade, Waterlooville, said: ‘I walked the first walk in 2008 knowing my husband’s life was limited as a result of colonic cancer.

‘I felt a sense that I may need the support of the Rowans Hospice one day.

‘I was amazed to see so many people and somehow it felt good to be among people who, having survived grief and loss, were giving of themselves to support the Rowans.

‘Michael died in June 2009 and in that year I had to have a mastectomy. Last year I walked again although the side effects of the anti-cancer drug I have to take makes my joints ache.

‘I found the walk gruelling but I was physically supported by my good friends. I visualised how brave Michael was in the last weeks of his life and I thought if he could be that brave then with God’s help somehow I would finish the walk.

‘I was over the moon when I realised I had actually finished.’

The walk begins at 11pm and those taking part can choose to go via Portsmouth Cathedral to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

Organiser Hannah Wilding, said: ‘I would encourage everyone to register today to make sure you don’t miss out on being a part of this very special night.’

Go to or call (023) 9223 8533 to register.