Long-serving teacher who chaired Hemel cricket club remembered by Midnight walker wife and her staff

Caren Doodson (third from left) and her Bridgewater staff, who will walk in Roger's memory
Caren Doodson (third from left) and her Bridgewater staff, who will walk in Roger's memory

A popular teacher is to be honoured by his wife and a team of walkers taking on The Hospice of St Francis Midnight Walk on Saturday, June 28.

Friends and ex-pupils of Tring man Roger Doodson are being called on to take part in his memory.

Headteacher at Berkhamsted’s Bridgewater School Caren Doodson has recruited eight of her staff and set the team a fundraising target of £1,000.

She is hoping as many staff, school parents as well as friends and ex-pupils of Roger’s will support them on the 11 mile circular route starting in Hemel Hempstead.

Roger taught PE at Adeyfield School in Hemel Hempstead for more than 30 years plus 10 years at nearby Lockers Park School.

He was also an enthusiastic cricketer, renowned for his bowling skills as well as being chairman of Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club twice.

Caren said: “Roger was well loved and very active in the local community for over 40 years, particularly in grass roots cricket, and I was so touched when over 600 people came to his funeral last June.

“It seems fitting that we should dress in pink for the hospice’s Midnight Walk and do something fun to celebrate the positive impact he had on so many people.

“I’m anticipating a great evening although obviously one that is very poignant as we gather to share memories of Roger.

“I do hope anyone who remembers him will support our cause and help us to raise valuable funds for The Hospice of St Francis which helped care for Roger, alongside Rennie Grove nurses.

“We’d be very grateful for donations to our Just Giving page found here in memory of Roger and, of course, if anyone would like to dress in pink and join our team they’d be so welcome!

“The more the merrier!”

The hospice’s five or 11-mile Midnight Walk starts at Hemel Hempstead School at 10pm, but walkers need to be there by 9pm) and is open to anyone aged 11 or older.

There is a £20 registration fee (£15 for under-18s) and walkers are asked to raise as much as they can in sponsorship for the hospice, which relies on voluntary donations for 80 per cent of the £4.7million a year it costs to fund its services.

This year, actress Rosie Marcel, who plays heart surgeon Jac Naylor in the BBC 1 drama Holby City will be bringing some celebrity sparkle to the occasion by sounding the starting klaxon.

To find out more or sign up now, click here, call 01442 869555 or email fundraising@stfrancis.org.uk

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