Joanne Reek a mother of two says she hopes to raise £1,000 for the LOROS Hospice in memory of her daughter Leah. She says her and her family are walking to raise the money and she is sure that Leah would be so proud and would have a massive smile on her face. Leah died tragically in an explosion on Hinckley Road in Leicester earlier this year. At the time she was volunteering at the hospice. Her family responded to the death by establishing a JustGiving page which so far has raised a whopping £15,701 so far.
Leah’s mum Joanne says the support she has received since the death of her daughter has been overwhelming. The local community have rallied behind the family and even people who didn’t know Leah personally have gotten in touch. Joanne says its just incredible and she and her family want to do everything they can to keep the memory of Leah alive. She adds that Leah loved LOROS so much and she wants to continue with that legacy by doing everything she can for the Hospice.
This year there well be an annual balloon release followed by a minute’s silence before the walk begins so that people can take the time to remember Leah and others that also died. Joanne says that about 45 people are participating in the walk and all will be wearing purple and pink leopard print transfers on their t-shirts as well as leopard ears and tails because Leah loved leopard print. A local bus company will be taking care of transportation and the bus hire money will also be donated to LOROS.
Circus and carnival theme
The theme of this year’s even is circus and carnival and LOROS are thrills that BBC Radio Leicester’s Rupal Rajani will be cracking her whip as ring mistress. Ms Rajani says she is always happy to lend her support to LOROS for all the good work they do and she feels honoured to be asked to help. LOROS provides amazing help to people who need it and it is wonderful to have such a supportive hospice right on the doorstep she says. The Twilight Walk takes place on Saturday the 14th April Tickets cost just £12 in advance or £30 on the day. If you want to participate simply search: LOROS Twilight Walk