Haverhill walkers hand over poignant proceeds

Some of the Stepping Stones team presenting the cheque for ?3,500 to St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-151011-153602001
Some of the Stepping Stones team presenting the cheque for ?3,500 to St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-151011-153602001

A charity walk undertaken by a large group of women in memory of a late Haverhill man has resulted in £3,500 being presented to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The hospice received the cheque from some of the 26-strong team that took part in the Girls Night Out sponsored walk in Bury St Edmunds on September 12 - the hospice’s biggest annual fundraiser.

The walkers strode out to complete the walk in memory of Paul McManus, the former Haverhill town and borough councillor who died of pancreatic cancer on June 10 at the age of 68.

Paul’s family had received advice and support from the hospice in the latter stages of his illness.

Each of them was either a friend or family member or worked for Stepping Stones Under-5s, the Haverhill-based pre-school run by Paul’s wife of 37 years, Elaine McManus, who also undertook the walk.

Andrea Caulkett, a freind of the McManus family and one of the walkers, said: “It was about £1,500 that we wanted to raise to start with and then it just kep growing and growing and growing so we just kept upping it so we were very pleasantly surprised at how much we got.

“I think because Paul meant such a lot to everybody it was such a tribute that so many people gave their money to this.”