Stepping out for a dear colleague

Former colleagues from two regional newspapers, along with ex-employees, are taking part in a marathon walk to raise money for a hospice that cared for a journalist who died there.

Jeremy Price passed away at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight last October after battling a brain tumour for eight years.

The 34-year-old journalist started his career at the Isle of Wight’s County Press before moving to the Colchester Evening Gazette in 1999 and was diagnosed with the tumour a few months after starting his new job.

Within days of his death colleagues decided to raise money in his memory and have teamed up to join the hospice’s annual major fundraiser Walk the Wight on Sunday 18 May.

Journalists from both papers are in training for the challenging 26.5 mile walk across the island from Bembridge to the Needles and are urging other journalists to sponsor them as they tackle the marathon route.

Last year, 5,000 walkers, including journalists from the County Press, raised £217,000 for the hospice, which is based in Newport.

More than 25 members of Team Jeremy will be putting their best foot forward as a positive way of remembering him and raising cash.

It’s not the first time that journalists from both papers have clubbed together. Shortly after Jeremy’s diagnosis they paid to send him and his wife, Stephanie, a photographer for both papers, to fulfil an ambition to see the Grand Prix in Monaco.

Family members and friends will also be joining in the walk.

Anyone who would like to support the team can make donations via www.justgiving.com/teamjeremy or www.iwhospice.org

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