Supporting Welwyn Garden City hospice in memory of Lynne

Ian Sparks holding a picture of his late wife Lynne Sparks. Picture: Supplied.

Ian Sparks holding a picture of his late wife Lynne Sparks. Picture: Supplied.

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The widower of the late Welwyn Hatfield mayor has fundraised for the hospice where she spent her last moments.

Ian Sparks and the group of walkers. Picture: Supplied.Ian Sparks and the group of walkers. Picture: Supplied.

Lynne Sparks died on February 10 after suffering with a rare form of cancer which saw her deteriorate quickly.

To mark what would have been her and Ian Sparks’ 18th wedding anniversary, he took part in a three-day 25-mile Jurassic Coast Walk in Dorset to raise money for Isabel Hospice.

Over the years Ian and Lynne have supported many of the hospice’s events and in her role as mayor Lynne was a huge advocate for the services provided to both in-patients and out-patients across the east of Hertfordshire.

Ian said: “The care that Lynne and we as her family received was amazing.

“The staff and volunteers of Isabel Hospice are remarkable people doing a remarkable job and with little central funding received for the services provided free of charge to our community I wanted to do something in return for the love and support that we have received.”

The couple loved walking so taking part in the walk seemed like a “lovely” way for Ian to remember her.

The last day of the walk, on Sunday, June 10, would have been their wedding anniversary and was exactly four months after her death.

Ian added: “I was so impressed with the way the weekend was organised and run so a massive thank you to Megan.

“The camp site couldn’t do enough for us and I’m sure that the food we were provided with was twice what we had expected! Our trekking guides were awesome.”

Speaking of Sunday he said: “It was a very emotional day for me but our fantastic group of 16 had been good-humoured and had supported each other all the way over the two days during a really tough challenge that I’ll definitely be back for next year.

“On Sunday everyone helped me with kindness and exactly the support I needed; it was a special day, with special people raising funds for a special place; and my wonderful wife was with us every step of the way.”

Ian was joined by Dr Pia Amsler, the hospice’s palliative care consultant, Kat Morgan, Megan Sparrey, Geoff Rawlings from Best Digital in Welwyn Garden City, Lauren Hughes, Beth Hardy, Ben McNeil, Sue Allison, Larry Wood and Nik Kowal.

Isabel Hospice volunteers, Andrew Howell, Chris Lane, Graham Wright, Pauline Smith and Carole Willsher also took part.

The group raised £7,000 for the hospice.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns//charity/isabelhospice/jurassiccoastchallenge2018

If you want to take part in an Isabel Hospice Challenge, contact Megan Sparrey on 01707 382500

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