Present and past staff of Schools Publishing Limited who publish Primary Times did a walk in memory of Steve Edwards, founder of the company who sadly passed away in December last year following a courageous fight against stomach cancer on Saturday.
The group of fifteen started the 10.6 mile walk on a chilly morning from the Unicorn Pub (one of Steve’s ‘locals’) in Kingwood Common where they given coffee and biscuits by landlords Dicky & Niki Clark. The walk then took them through Henley Golf Club, another of Steve’s favourite places where the group were escorted through the fairways (to dodge the balls) by Mark Howell and enjoyed a complimentary drink afterwards in the clubhouse with Doug Ash. The walk ended with the group enjoying a free lunch at The Row Barge in Henley (another of Steve’s ‘locals) where we caught up with them.
The walk has raised over £2,800 for Sue Ryder Hospice at Nettlebed where Steve was cared for and spent his final days surrounded by his family.
Marion McAdam who worked with Steve said, “We collectively came up with the idea of a walk in Steve’s memory over a work lunch and then Helen came up with the route taking in Steve’s ‘local’s and his love of the golf course. Steve continues to be a presence in all our lives as we continue to share stories and moments – he loved to come in first thing and shout his catchphrase “Any ads?!”. We also miss his regular cream cakes but our waist lines probably don’t!”
Afterwards some of the group went on to watch Henley Hawks at Dry Leas where Steve was member for many years, with collecting buckets where £450 was donated.
Donations can still be made in Steve’s name to Sue Ryder via Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/primarytimes