Walkingtogether Hackney honours Alice Lawrance

Published: 18th March 2020

At the age of 91, Alice Lawrance started attending the London Fields health walk seven years ago! The group meet outside Hackney Town Hall steps every Wednesday 12:15pm and Alice would not miss one session come rain or shine.

On the walks Alice would always be chatting to everyone, full of wit, insight, wisdom, and kindness. Alice epitomises the benefits of walking regularly towards a healthy life.

In recognition of Alice's commitment, passion and enthusiasm to the Walkingtogether programme, we were wanting to award Alice at the Hackney Sports Awards night in December 2019 but unfortunately Alice suffered ill health very recently and passed away suddenly at the age of 98. Alice's daughter Maureen said ''Mum loved cooking as well as walking and perhaps the walking helped to shed the pounds from the cooking! My mum benefitted, both on a physical and social level, from walking. I am sure it contributed to the outstanding health and mobility she had until the last six months of her life. Literally best foot forward, as one might put it."

The Walkingtogether programme has benefited Alice for over seven years, however it is more about how Alice benefitted the walking group she was so committed to, and the people she touched in that time, so much so that the group were able to visit her at the hospital on more than one occasion. 

On the evening of the Hackney Sports Awards night, a plaque was received which will be put on a bench in London Fields park in honour of Alice. 

In February 2020 (as picture shows) the unveiling of the plaque took place with Lynne Thorburn, Walk Leader, Surbjit Mahey, Scheme Coordinator and walking participants gathered around the bench to honour and celebrate Alice with the inscription of: "In loving memory of Alice Lawrance whose spirit and zest for life will forever be missed from the walking paths of London Fields".

For further details to join any of the Walkingtogether Hackney walks please go to https://hackney.gov.uk/walking