Eastenders star joins hospice walk

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Actress Rita Simons will join almost 1,000 walkers this Sunday for North London Hospice’s Big Fun Walk.

Rita, who plays Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera, will complete the eight-mile sponsored walk with her family in support of the charity.

The hospice is a cause close to Rita’s heart as it cared for her grandpa, Sydney Franks, before his death 10 years ago.

Rita said: “Caring for people who are terminally ill takes a special kind of person and the people at North London Hospice are just that. They cared for my Grandpa in his last days and were so kind to him.

“He was a proud, witty and dapper man, and he didn’t want to lose his dignity. He didn’t because of North London Hospice. We miss him every day but will forever be grateful to the people at the Hospice for looking after him, and making him smile in his darkest hours.

“It’s a sad fact of life that these wonderful places have to rely on charity so I, with my mum, aunties, cousins and all the family are doing what we can to help ­– by doing the Big Fun Walk to raise much needed funds for this incredible place. Thank you for looking after our Grandpa Sammy.”

The Big Fun Walk is the Hospice’s biggest challenge event of the year attracting hundreds of participants. Walkers set off from East Finchley underground station, travel through London’s beautiful parks, before finishing at Storey’s Gate in Westminster.

The route is suitable for all ages and abilities, and food, drink and entertainment are provided.

“We are very excited about this year’s Big Fun Walk,” said Tracy Annunziato, the Hospice’s event organsier.

“There is always an amazing atmosphere. So come on, sign up and enjoy a fantastic day out to support the Hospice so we can continue to provide the best care and service to patients and their families in our community.”

Online registration closes Saturday evening but entry can be made at East Finchley on the day and costs £25 per walker.

For any enquiries call 020 8446 2288.

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