Haydn Owen in Parr Folds Park
A sentimental stroll through Parr Fold Park in Walkden will stir happy memories for Michele Owen this September.
The mum-of-two will be among scores of children and parents in Parade in the Park in aid of us on Saturday, September 30.
Michele’s late husband Paul died of cancer 10 years ago, aged just 36, and enjoyed leisurely walks through the Victorian park during his five-year illness.
The graphic designer’s love of the green spaces led to Michele eventually volunteering for the Friends of Parr Fold Park, a group set up in 2015 dedicated to the upkeep of the beauty spot.
Michele and younger son Haydn (13) will take part in the 1 km sponsored walk, the centrepiece of a family fun day with music and entertainment, games and activities. The event starts at 10 am and walk at 11 am.
Paul liked going to the park for fresh air after he was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin lymphoma. We live just a stone's throw away and it's a special place for the community. It's quite a sanctuary and with the roads so busy, it's a beautiful place where you can switch off. The park is a treasured part of our community, just like St Ann's Hospice and hopefully Parade in the Park will raise vital funds to continue providing care to local patients. Entry is open to everyone and hopefully a lot of our members will take part. Michele, Secretary of the Friends group
Friends of Parr Fold Park. From left, Diane Walker, Michele Owen, Elaine Fox, Dot Tomkinson, Carole Wood and Jordan Moore.
It'll be a fun day out and we expect some of those walking will want to honour the memory of loved ones. They'll receive dedication ribbons of remembrance which will be placed on the bandstand for one week after the event. Fran Wilson, Event Organiser at St Ann's