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Community News & Views | Finding love on Moonlight Walk

A COUPLE who met at a hospice fundraising event are encouraging other people to sign up and take part.


After Debbie Spreckley’s father and David Johnson’s wife both died under the care of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, they each decided they wanted to give something back, so signed up for the Moonlight Walk in 2012.


Debbie was joined by her sister, Louise, and David teamed up with old family friend, Elaine. After meeting at the beginning of the walk and then again at the canal, Debbie and David continued chatting and in no time, had left Louise and Elaine trailing behind. At the end of the walk they said their goodbyes, but when Debbie saw the photos in the paper the following week, she decided to get in touch with David again and they arranged to meet for dinner.


After a romantic proposal in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight – a place that David knew was very special to Debbie and her Father, they married on March 29, 2014 in Havant.


Debbie Spreckley said: “I think it’s real fate, to lose someone and to find happiness from it. It was meant to be – someone was obviously looking down on us that night.”


They are both such passionate supporters of the hospice that they finished off their wedding day by attending the Lavant Support Group Barn Dance in the evening, and now they both regularly volunteer for St Wilfrid’s – Debbie on the ward and David as a driver.


“It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the hospice,” said David.


“I felt a real peacefulness when my late wife was here and I wanted to be part of the team, helping families, making their journey easier, because I’d been through it, too.”


Over 11 years St Wilfrid Hospices’ amazing supporters have made Moonlight Walk truly special and helped raise vital funds. This year marks the 11th Moonlight Walk, taking place on Saturday, May 11.


Early bird registration prices end in two weeks so register now at:

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