Cancer Survivor Walking in ‘Night to Remember’ to Support Local Hospice

A lady from Sompting who recently fought off breast cancer is taking part in Night to Remember to raise money for St Barnabas House.

Lynn Bennett (top left) and her friends Rae Long Gina Newbold and Ornella HulbertLynn Bennett, who was diagnosed with the illness in 2014, will be walking through the night on Saturday 24 June along with hundreds of other ladies supporting their local hospice by taking part in the midnight walk.

Lynn, who is 61 in June, was first diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in November 2014. Following an operation, chemotherapy, Herceptin and radiotherapy, she is now on drugs for a defective H2 gene.

In December 2016 she had her final symmetry operation and has shown no signs of recurrence since.

Lynn said: “I’ve already made and sold greetings cards to raise money for Cancer UK but wanted to do something more local and Night to Remember seemed a great way to fight cancer and help a local charity.

“It means I can give something back to help others and this is my way of saying a big thank you to all of those who help us cancer sufferers through.”

Lynn is walking with a group of friends as part of the team ‘Rae’s Girls’, consisting of Gina Newbold, Ornella Hulbert and Rae Long, as well as Rae’s daughters Lauren and Jaee Long.

“Having lost her mum to cancer, my friend Rae also wanted to do something to raise money, so we decided to do it as a team,” said Lynn. “Last year four of us did the seven mile walk, which is why we are doing 13.1 miles this year.”

Lynn Bennett (left) and her friends Rae Long Gina Newbold and Ornella Hulbert took part last year (002)This year is the tenth Night to Remember, and since St Barnabas House first started running the event in 2008 it has gone from strength to strength. Last year’s event raised a huge £135,000 for the Hospice at Home night service.

Hospice care is invaluable for cancer patients, as well as those with non-malignant disease, with many of those preferring to stay in the comfort of their own homes at the end of their lives.

During 2016, 409 patients were referred to the Hospice at Home Team for end of life or palliative care at home.

As this year is the tenth Night to Remember there will be many exciting additions to the event, including all three routes (7, 13.1 and 20 mile), taking the ladies to the end of Worthing pier for the first time.

The deadline for registrations for Night to Remember has now been extended until Sunday 18 June. You can register at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/stb or call the St Barnabas House Events Team on 01903 706354.