Sheffield mums-to-be walk on

Gemma Reaney
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Expectant Sheffield mums Gemma Reaney and Zoe Phillips are not letting pregnancy stop their charity efforts.

Gemma will be in the 27th week of her pregnancy when Sheffield’s annual Starlight Walk returns on Saturday, May 17 – while pal Zoe will be even closer to her due date at 30 weeks.

The 5km walk in aid of Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice will run along the Porter Valley – from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back again –and attracts about 1,000 participants every year.

Gemma, from Mosborough, knows what to expect as she signed up for the trek last year, and said she is looking forward to walking the route again even though her baby will be imminent.

Gemma, who works as a hairdresser and lives with husband Sam and young son Finley, said: “The important thing is that we raise as much money as possible for a great charity.

“My grandad was a patient at St Luke’s, so we know all about the care at the hospice and how good it is.

“He was a patient for three weeks at the end of his life and everybody was just amazing – so now we are doing everything we can to fundraise.

“Zoe and I might have to take it a little easier this year.”

Gemma, aged 28, has already raised £550 for the Whirlow hospice so far this year by holding a supper for The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign.

Registration for the Starlight walk costs £15 for adults and £10 for children aged five to 15.

For groups of six or more registration costs £10.

Entertainment – including live music, food and a Thornbridge Brewery beer tent – will be on offer in Endcliffe Park, Hunters Bar, from 6.30pm.

A mass warm-up is due to take place at 8.15pm, before fundraisers set off at 8.45pm.

n Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk to sign up.