Family and friends stepping out on 10 mile trek in memory of much-loved Norwich mum Stephanie Griggs-Vann

Stephanie Griggs-Vann died after a three year battle with cancer in October 2015 aged 36. Picture: L

Stephanie Griggs-Vann died after a three year battle with cancer in October 2015 aged 36. Picture: Lucy Clapham - Credit: Archant

Friends and family will step out in memory of a much-loved Norwich mum on what would have been her 38th birthday, to raise money for charity and awareness of the deadly disease that claimed her life.

Stephanie Griggs-Vann died after a three year battle with cancer in October 2015 aged 36. The mum-of-four, a former Heartsease High School student, was a patient on the Mulbarton ward at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Her friends and family are now embarking on a fund-raising walk in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action and hope to raise enough money to have her name added to the charity's tribute wall, at its research lab in London. The group will be stepping out on the ten-mile trek around Norwich on Saturday, March 25.

The walk has been organised by her close friend and neighbour Jen Lloyd,37 and sister Sharon, 32.

Sharon said: 'Steph was so brave, she kept us all smiling despite her diagnosis. She was my best friend and loved by so many. We miss her massively and wanted to do something to honour her birthday this year.


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'She remained upbeat the whole time and was always looking into new research and treatments, so that's why we decided to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action – we know she'd be proud of us raising awareness.'

Jen added: 'If we raise £1,000 the charity will add Steph's name to their tribute wall, which would be a wonderful, lasting memorial to her.'

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Sharon and Jen will be joined by Stephanie's family and close friends walking from Lavare Park, Old Catton to City Hall via Norwich Cathedral and Carrow Road, and hope to complete the ten-mile course in under four hours.

Stephanie was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and later underwent a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy after doctors discovered she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of the disease.

To make a donation to the walkers visit: http://stephanie.griggsvann.muchloved.com

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