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A group of eight women from a Macmillan Cancer Support group will be taking on a four-mile walk in memory of two Suffolk members who died.

Lily Daly, 37, from Horringer, and Louise MacLean, 41, from Haughley, died in August 2020 and in July this year respectively from breast cancer.

Now their friends, led by Sally Spicer and also joined by Louise’s father Gordon Horspool, will do the walk at Ickworth Park, on Tuesday, in aid of the cancer support charity.

The walk at Ickworth on Tuesday will be in memory of Lily Daly, left, and Louise MacLean.
The walk at Ickworth on Tuesday will be in memory of Lily Daly, left, and Louise MacLean.

Sally said: “We all met through a Macmillan Hope course, which was a six-week course for anybody who has had or has cancer, helping them to rebuild their lives.

“After the course finished some of us carried on meeting up for walks and one we did was down to the fairy lake at Ickworth, which was a favourite of Lily’s.”

Described as ‘a very smart and beautiful girl’, Lily, a mother-of-two was well known for her pearl jewellery business, Lilyo.

Sally said: “She had two lovely little boys who we never met but we saw lots of pictures of them.

“Also she had been a very active person in her life and did lots of fund-raising.”

Talking about Louise, she said: “She became a real good friend to me. I was always very touched that even though she was 20 years younger she was quite happy to be my friend.”

Sally, who finished her own treatment in August 2019, said the support that Macmillan provided was vital.

She said: “I had very little contact with them when I was ill but I got in contact when I wanted to do gentle exercise and talk to people who were going through the same thing.

“Their help and vast knowledge was a complete and utter blessing.”

One of Sally’s fellow walkers, Diane Martyn, has set up a fund-raising page and it has already seen more than £1,400 in donations.

Sally thanked people’s generosity and said it would help the charity put on more Hope groups, like the one where she met Lily and Louise.

She said: “It was such a relief to meet other people that had been going through very similar things.

“It was filled with laughter and lots of fun, not just all about comparing notes, and somewhere in which people understood each other.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hope-group

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