When Helen Fisher lost her battle with cancer in July, Eve Garrett knew she had to do something to celebrate her best friend’s life.
What she didn’t anticipate was that nearly 100 other people would want to join her in that celebration.
Helen, who lived with partner Wayne and sons William, aged eight, and three-year-old George, in Handsworth, had been a patient at St Luke’s Hospice.
When Eve heard that the hospice was launching a new fundraising challenge, Night Strider, she decided to get a team together and help boost the charity’s fundraising target. Within five days of starting the campaign, the volunteers were pouring in and the fundraising figure stood at an amazing £1,000.
“We were lying round the pool on holiday and I just clicked on the Justgiving website and I couldn’t believe it!” said 37-year-old Eve, of Handsworth, who works as a medical secretary.
“Helen and I had known each other since we were four and started at Athelstan School together so we really had been friends all our lives.
“She would be so pleased to know that so many people are wanting to join the Night Strider and walk in her memory – it’s unbelievable!
“Facebook and Twitter are amazing for things like this –it’s a great way to get the message out there.
“I don’t like to set myself a target but if we could raise £1,000 in just five days, I can’t even imagine what we’ll have raised by the time we start walking.”
Night Strider is Sheffield’s unique night time sponsored walking half marathon and 10k challenge, raising vital funds for the city’s only hospice.
Starting out from Tudor Square in Sheffield city centre at 9.30pm on Saturday October 17, the walk will take in some of Sheffield’s most popular locations.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Eve-Garrett to donate.