Midnight mums march on in memory of Nicola

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More than 30 mums from Westfield First School will tackle this month’s Midnight Walk to remember a parent who passed away.

Nicola Saunders, 25, died on April 17 after spending four days in The Hospice of St Francis, Northchurch.

Nicola’s sister Suzanne, 29, of Sheldon Way, Berkhamsted, said: “She had a fantastic, bubbly personality. She was kind, generous and very witty and funny.”

Nicola lived in Ridgeway, Berkhamsted, and had two children who go to Westfield First School in nearby Durrants Lane.

She was diagnosed with cancer less than four weeks before her death.

Fellow Westfield mum Bex Plenderleith said: “It made us all realise you have to live in the moment and make the most of your children.

“She was funny and had a great sense of humour and a twinkle in her eye.”

Suzanne said: “She was helped greatly by the hospice.

“We were a bit naive beforehand and not really aware of just what they do for people.

“But they were absolutely wonderful to my sister and all of our family members, and we decided we wanted to help them as much as we possibly can.”

About 10 members of Nicola’s family will be doing the 11-mile circular walk from Hemel Hempstead School on Saturday, June 29.

Participants in the annual event, which also has a five-mile route, are asked to raise as much money as possible for the hospice.

The charity – which cares for people in the Dacorum area – needs £3.6m per year to fund itself, but last year got just £700,000 of that from the NHS. To join the Midnight Walk, call 01442 869555 or visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/midnightwalk

Visit www.justgiving.com/WestfieldTeam to sponsor the Westfield walkers or www.justgiving.com/teams/NiclovelySaunders to sponsor Nicola’s family.