Carol Spence and family.

Jewellery specialist Lisa’s shining Birmingham charity walk in memory of mom Carol

A JEWELLERY specialist from Richard Winterton Auctioneers is preparing to lace up her walking boots for a charity fundraiser through the heart of Birmingham in memory of her mom.

Lisa Spence, 35, her daughter, sisters, brother and stepfather will take on the 10k Shine Night Walk Birmingham 2022 on Saturday, September 17.

They will be raising funds for Cancer Research UK in memory of Carol Spence, who passed away aged 57 on June 26 last year following a four-year battle with breast cancer.

Visit Lisa’s Giving Page here

“Last year my heart was broken. I held my mom’s hand as she passed away,” said Lisa.

“She fought for four years with breast cancer and most of the time she did it with a smile on her face.

“Life has not and will not ever be the same again.

“This year I want to honour my mom by walking 10k with family by my side in our mom’s name and raise money to help fund research into all types of cancer.

Carol pictured in 2020.
Carol Spence pictured in 2020.

“Any donations I will be so grateful for – I pray it may help another family.”

Joining Lisa is daughter Rhianna, siblings Trudy Benton, Anneliesse Spence, Emily Haycocks, Lauren Hancocks and Nathan Hancocks plus Nathan’s girlfriend Mia Cunningham, stepdad Colin Hancocks and niece Lillian Edwards-Spence.

They have individual giving pages online with Cancer Research UK linked to the family group Butterfly Kisses, named after a poem by John F Connor read out at Carol’s funeral by her eldest daughter Sarah, as a posthumous message from their mom to all her children.

“I’m doing this in memory of my mom to keep her name alive and to raise as much money as we can for Cancer Research UK,” added Lisa, from Weoley Castle in south-west Birmingham.

Lisa and Carol enjoying a family holiday.
Lisa Spence and her mom Carol enjoying a family holiday.

“We know times are hard at the moment so the donations people have already made are especially appreciated.

“Every penny will make a difference in the fight against cancer. I hope to raise as much as we possibly can and potentially save someone’s life.”

The fundraising is also being boosted by the firm’s senior valuer Sarah Williams, who has baked homemade cakes for clients and staff on sale days at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Fradley Park, with all monies raised being added to Lisa’s collection.

Senior valuer Sarah Williams has baked homemade cakes for clients and staff on sale days at The Lichfield Auction Centre.
Senior valuer Sarah Williams has baked homemade cakes for clients and staff on sale days at The Lichfield Auction Centre.

“Lisa and her family have shown so much courage and fortitude following the sad death of her beloved mom,” said auctioneer Richard Winterton.

“We are very proud of Lisa and wish everyone all the best for the walk.”

The Birmingham Shine Night Walk starts in Centenary Square from 7.20pm on September 17 and takes in the town hall, Birmingham Cathedral, the jewellery Quarter, St Paul’s Square, Millennium Point, the Bullring and St Martin’s Square, the Chinese Quarter, the Mailbox and Brindleyplace.

Sign up to the walk online here. A code taking 30 per cent off the entry fee is valid until August 30.

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