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TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Friends to take on charity challenge in memory of Croxley resident

 Published on: 25th November 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Many people resolve to become more physically active in January but one group of friends from Croxley Green have been ramping up their running since October for a very special cause.

Keith Akers was well known and much loved in Croxley and the local community was shocked and saddened when he passed away on September 24, after a very short battle with cancer, aged 53.

Keith was treated at home by Nurses from Peace Hospice Care who not only gave vital medications and painkillers but also emotional support to Keith and his family.

Now a group of friends will remember Keith while raising vital funds for the Peace Hospice Care by running the Watford Half Marathon on Sunday, February 6.

The tribute run idea came from Steve Maye: “Keith had a huge heart and made friends with everyone he met. He was a massive Liverpool fan and I hope he will be smiling down to see us all running in red in his honour.”

The team has been motivating each other to build up the miles week by week with soundtracks shared by DJ Matt Elms and advice from physios Sarah Thompson and Adam Hinton.

Sarah Hanison, said: “This distance will be a big challenge for me, but knowing I am doing this for Keith and the Peace Hospice, and the incredible support of this group has really spurred me on.”

Keith’s wife Claire and daughter Skye will be cheering on the team at the event. Other supporters are welcome, red clothing optional!

Watford Peace Hospice Care needs £5 million a year to continue to provide services for those with life-limiting illnesses in our community. Donate here.

To sponsor the team running in Keith’s memory donate here.

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