Pair look to raise £10,000 in memory of Zena

Mark Westley Photography'Darren Gibbs and his dauighter Connie are organising a number of charity challenges and events based around the number '10' in memory of Zena Butcher who died ten years ago aged 37. ANL-151006-201519009
Mark Westley Photography'Darren Gibbs and his dauighter Connie are organising a number of charity challenges and events based around the number '10' in memory of Zena Butcher who died ten years ago aged 37. ANL-151006-201519009

A father and daughter are embarking on four months of fund-raising in memory of Zena Butcher, who died ten years ago aged 37.

Zena’s partner Darren Gibbs and daughter Connie, from Bury St Edmunds, are launching a series of events under the banner ‘Zena 10’ including a 10km run, a 1,000 mile cycle challenge, a 10 peaks walk and a car rally visiting 10 towns on the Norfolk coast.

Zena Butcher and her daughter Connie on a day out

Zena Butcher and her daughter Connie on a day out

The pair look to raise £10,000 by the end of October for St Nicholas Hospice Care who helped the family through Zena’s six-year battle with a malignant brain tumour.

Darren and Connie have already raised more than £1200 just through donations.

Connie, 16, said the hospice’s child bereavement service, Nicky’s Way, was a huge help for her.

She said: “The whole focus of it was making memories. We made memory books, photo frames. We also threw plates to get our anger out which was a laugh.
It really helped me cope with my emotions.”

Darren said: “For me they were fantastic.

“It is tricky as a parent when you have young children - you don’t quite know if you are doing the right thing.

“You feel protective over your child so to be able to feel you can trust them to take them under their wing and they come back smiling is amazing.

“People think the hospice is about death but it isn’t, it is about getting through difficult situations.
“Life goes on and the hospice certainly helped us with that”.

The pair are launching the ‘Zena 10’ events at Bury Football Club on Sunday June 21 from 1pm to 5pm.

For more on the ‘Zena 10’ fund-raising events visit www. stnicholashospicecare.echoleft.com/zena-butcher