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Ashgate Hospice > Daughter of 1970s TV star to take on Sparkle Night Walk on mum’s heavenly birthday

The daughter of a late beauty queen and television star is getting set to take on Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk in memory of her mum – on the night she would have turned 70.  

Christine Crapper, formerly Owen, was a household name in the 1970s when she appeared as a hostess on ITV’s Sale of the Century alongside Nicholas Parsons. 

The Miss Britain winner, from Dronfield Woodhouse, died in August last year, just three months after being diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. 

Her daughter, Georgia Crapper, has signed up for the fundraising walk, sponsored by Technique, in Chesterfield on Saturday 1st July in tribute to the “unbelievable” support her family received from the hospice at the end of Christine’s life.  

Georgia, who lived with her mum after her dad, Patrick died 10 years ago, will be joined by family and friends as the ‘Christine’s Beauty Queens’ take on the 10km walk. 

She said: “Because of the incredible team at Ashgate, my mum received the loving, compassionate and respectful care that everyone should have access to at the end of their life.   

“It is impossible to put into words just what an unbelievable place Ashgate Hospice is and it is no exaggeration to say that I am surviving the very worst of times because of their kindness and ongoing support. 

“They even made it possible for me and our Cockerpoo Dudley to stay with mum and sleep by her side, right to the end.” 

Christine appeared alongside Nicholas Parsons on ITV's Sale of the Century
Christine was crowned Miss Yorkshire Television in 1975

Christine received numerous beauty queen awards throughout the 1970s including Miss Britain (1971), Miss Yorkshire Television (1975) and Miss SHE (1978). 

She was also a charity champion herself having supported numerous causes in her hometown of Sheffield after surviving breast cancer twice.

Her daughter, Georgia said her mum was “fit as a fiddle” and had “never smoked a day in her life”. 

After initially receiving care at home from the hospice’s Palliative Care Specialist Team, Christine was admitted to the hospice where she was supported on its Inpatient Unit in Old Brampton.  

Not only is Georgia “incredibly grateful” for the care her mum received, but the counselling services she has accessed have been “incredible” for her. 

Georgia, 38, from Dronfield Woodhouse, added: “My mum was my partner in life and we still lived together. She was the most wonderful mum and a true friend to so many; always modest, but truly beautiful, inside and out. 

“In her memory, we will do the Sparkle Night Walk to raise much-needed funds for the next me and mum who deserve to experience the amazing support on offer if they need it. 

“As the clock turns midnight on the evening of our walk, mum would have been 70 years old, an age she so desperately wished to reach. 

“I urge anyone else thinking of signing up to just do it – come and join me and the Christine’s Beauty Queens so we can help fund hospice care for the future.” 

Volunteers are also needed to help on the night to ensure the event runs as safely and smoothly as possible.     

From being a marshal, helping on the car park, making hot drinks and more – the hospice needs more than 150 volunteers to help on the night.      

Would you like to volunteer at Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk? To find out more email [email protected] or call 01246 567250.

Find out more about the Sparkle Night Walk and how you can get involved or sign up.

Christine won the Miss SHE title in 1978
The Miss Britain award was also handed to Christine in 1971