First in series of fund raisers for grandfather ‘grumps’

Fundraising walk
Fundraising walk

Family and friends have completed the first of a series of fund raisers in memory of a Burgess Hill man who died suddenly this year.

Maurice Spence died, aged 69, on February 3, just weeks after he was found to have cancer.

His wife Susan said his death was a huge shock for all his family and friends.

Maurice was fit and well in December last year but after going to the doctor with a cough he was sent for a scan in January and that was when the cancer was found.

He was looked after at St Peter and St James Hospice in Wivelsfield in his last few days.

The family decided to thank the hospice for the support it gave to Maurice and his family, by raising enough money to pay for all the hospice costs for one day - £7,200.

Susan said: “Our family is determined to ensure that other families, who find themselves in a similar position, are able to have the same care and support.”

They will undertake a series of events but the first, named ‘Walk 4 Grumps’, took place on Sunday (June 1).

Maurice’s daughter Sharyn and her three-year-old son Edward Spence-Brisley organised the event.

Edward, his friends and their parents took on a sponsored walk from Brighton Marina to Rottingdean, and back.

Sharyn said Edward talked a lot about his granddad ‘Grumps’ so that was how the walk got its name.

Twelve children, aged between nine months and seven-years-old, participated with their families and they raised more than £600.

The family also raised just under £3,000 through donations made by friends and family after Maurice passed away.

To donate to the family’s cause visit