Family and friends of a Pinner dad who sadly passed away have taken part in a charity walk and raised thousands in his memory.
Ishbel Morrison (pictured at the front of the featured photo with her legs crossed) gathered a team of friends from Pinner and afar to participate in the St Luke’s Hospice Midnight Walk recently in tribute to her husband, Chris Horsley, who died in February having suffered from an aggressive form of blood cancer.
The group, named Team Caledonia, has raised over £28,000 for St Luke’s so far, with donations still rolling in online.
St Luke’s, which helped Chris and his family, looks after people in Harrow and Brent whose illnesses are no longer curable. It’s Midnight Walk on June 28 saw over 1,000 women walk a five mile or, like Team Caledonia, nine mile route around Harrow and Brent, raising vital funds for the hospice.
Ishbel, who has two children, Kirstie and Jamie, told PinnerNews: “We all loved the walk – there was a great sense of achievement when we finished and such a fantastic atmosphere all the way round.
“It meant the world to us to have everyone walking for Chris. Our friends were just so fantastically supportive – including Chris’s best friends who walked in Texas and France.
“When I first started the group, I thought we’d maybe raise £2,000. We had a Team Caledonia WhatsApp group and when I looked at that, you could see us raising the target to £3k, £4K etc. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would raise this much.
“The support’s really surprised me and it shows what a fantastic community Pinner is, as well as what great friends my family has.”
Ishbel set up the group of 29 walkers shortly after Chris passed away because she wanted to ‘do something positive amid the sadness’ that suited her husband’s ‘positive and fun-loving’ personality.
She added: “Harrow Rugby Club under 14’s who have been amazingly supportive right through Chris’s illness and raised a lot of money for us, including donations from local business.
“A massive thanks to all my friends who supported me on the walk and in many other ways.
“And a very special thanks to Marc Warwick and Ken Edwards, who got out of their beds in the middle of the night to serve a wonderful bacon and egg roll and prosecco breakfast when we all came home.”
To donate to the group, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ishbelmorrison2019