Fundraiser Kim has high hopes ahead of wing walk

Kim and Jay Lakkides
Kim and Jay Lakkides
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A 40th birthday gift has turned into a sky-high challenge for a hospice that helps people with long-term or life-threatening illnesses.

Kim Lakkides, from Glemsford, has decided to use her birthday gift of a wing walk to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which cared for her late husband, Jay.

She will reach new heights in July when she takes on the wing walk in memory of Jay, who died last year, aged 40, after a three-year battle with cancer.

Kim said: “The wing walk was a gift from my friends and family for my 40th birthday. They knew I really wanted to do it, but would have struggled to get the money together.

“Jay was an amazing, caring and funny man who is sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

“The hospice supported Jay and myself through his illness and has continued to support me, which I am truly grateful for.”

Kim, who works in her village Spar in Bells Lane, has organised her wing walk to take place in Upminster on July 22 – Jay’s birthday.

A wing walk and is something the mum-of-two has always wanted to do.

Following her husband’s death last year, Kim has undertaken various fundraising events for the hospice.

She completed her first 10km run when she took part in the Festive Forest Challenge, which raises funds for the charity, organised a fancy dress party and raised money by selling the seeds from sunflowers which Jay planted before his death.

Charlie De-Moore, St Nicholas Hospice Care events and challenges fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful for all of the fundraising Kim has decided to do for the hospice.

“Every single penny she is raising is helping us to reach the people across West Suffolk and Thetford who need our care and support.”

Kim’s JustGiving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kim-Lakkides.