Help the ‘Totties’ raise hospice funds in Shefford landlord’s memory at the Starlight Walk
- Credit: Sarah Lawrence
Friends and family of the late David Mortimer are joining in the effort to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice by taking on the annual Starlight Walk this month.
The landlord of the Brewery Tap pub in Shefford, David Mortimer, passed away on April 19 at the age of 75 after three years of fighting cancer, and was cared for in his final 12 days by the hospice.
Described by his daughter Sarah Lawrence as a man who “made a difference” in Shefford, David Mortimer inspired his community by bringing the once-closed pub back to life and holding charitable fundraisers there.
He raised money for the Primrose Unit at Bedford Hospital, which treated his cancer.
“That’s the kind of man my dad was, raising money throughout,” Sarah told the Comet.
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She described how his commitment to the pub had brought the Brewery Tap back from closure to become a centre of the community.
Now a group of friends, family and bar staff – currently all women – are forming the “Brewery Tap Totties” to take part in fundraising event the Starlight Walk, in the hope of giving something back to the hospice that cared for him.
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The Starlight Walk is a night-time walk starting out from the Moggerhanger hospice near Sandy at 9pm on September 30.
The walk takes people either five or 10 kilometres in a route that ends up in the hospice’s memorial garden, where walkers can dedicate a star to a loved one who has passed away.
Sarah recalled how the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice helped ease her father’s last days.
“They made it so peaceful, so nice for my dad,” she said.
“They just knew what to do. Nothing was ever too much trouble – the dignity they give someone is incredible.”
The Brewery Tap Totties are encouraging as many people as possible to come forward to raise moneyin David’s memory or anyone else’s.
“Anybody who knew my dad is welcome to join in and be a Totty, or even if they didn’t have anyone to do it with,” said Sarah.
“There isn’t anyone who hasn’t been affected by cancer.”
Registration for the walk costs £20 per adult, £10 per child and £55 per family. See here for more details.
You can donate to the Brewery Tap Totties here.