Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A 24 strong team of wonderful women walkers will be stepping out together on June 21st for the Starlight Walk in memory of two wonderful dearly missed friends.

Calling themselves the 'Loopy Laaadies', they will be dedicating every footstep to Susan Toll who died in January 2014  in the Hospice Inpatient Unit, and Marie Turpie who died unexpectedly on February 15th 2014.

The female fundraising force, who are all associated with Watford Fields Infants and Junior Schools are a combination of Dinner Ladies, Teaching Assistants and colleagues.

Together they aim to make a difference and remember Marie and Susan.

They are currently the biggest team to enter the 2014 Starlight Walk and will all be stepping out in style wearing their fluorescent head boppers and proudly wearing a photo of both of their ladies pinned onto their Starlight Walk t-shirts.

Team organiser Helen Lynch explained that the idea of a big team walk had originated from Marie Turpie who was a long term charity fundraiser.

'Marie had suggested that we all do the London to Brighton Walk this year,' said Helen. 'We weren't up to walking 26 miles so instead we all decided to do the Starlight Walk.'

When Marie passed away unexpectedly in February 2014, a decision was made to continue with her fundraising idea and combine the walk to not only remember Susan Toll, the mother of Kerry, one of the walkers but also Marie. 

Training has not yet started for the event and the Loopy Laadies confess that some members of the team are fitter than others. 'Susan's daughter Kerry is the first to admit she never walks anywhere,' said Helen. 'She doesn't even have a pair of trainers!'

But despite the lack of trainers, the girls are gearing up for their big walk and team spirits are soaring.
'This will be a big day for us all,' said Helen. 'Marie's family will be supporting us along the route.  It is going to be very emotional but so worthwhile.'

To register for the Starlight Walk click here and join the 1,000 other women who will be walking the walk, talking the talk and bopping their headboppers on Saturday June 21st! 

To sponsor the Loopy Laaadies go to:  https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/loopylaaadies