Days run­ning out for early bird walk place

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

KLAXON! Klaxon! There’s just four days left to sign up for early bird en­try to the hugely pop­u­lar Starlight Walk in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

The fam­ily-friendly re­mem­brance walk, now in its fourth year, is one of the char­ity’s flag­ship fundrais­ing events – rais­ing more than £40,000 last year, with walk­ers en­joy­ing the 100 acres of pic­turesque park­land at Capesthorne Hall.

Event or­gan­iser, Jes­sica Ruth, is hop­ing for a record-break­ing turnout for this year’s event on Fri­day, April 22.

“We’d love to beat last year’s record by at­tract­ing 1,000 walk­ers, as the route can eas­ily ac­com­mo­date that,” she said. “Al­ready we’ve had dozens of reg­is­tra­tions, in­clud­ing en­tire fam­i­lies.”

Many of the par­tic­i­pants tak­ing part do so in mem­ory of a loved one, with many per­son­al­is­ing the walk by plac­ing a lan­tern or can­dle along Mem­ory Lane, throw­ing a per­son­alised peb­ble into the lake or head­ing to the Field of Cel­e­bra­tion in re­mem­brance.

This year’s tar­get is to pay for 145 nights of hospice care at a cost of £50,000, with the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­nesses to be in­volved by spon­sor­ing the event.

Walk­ers will also be able to choose their dis­tance – one loop of the route for 2.5k, two loops for 5k or four loops for 10k – and ev­ery­one will re­ceive a free spe­cially de­signed T-shirt and a medal to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The Starlight Walk is al­ways a fam­ily-friendly event with face-paint­ing, live mu­sic from Silk FM, hot food and drinks – with gates open­ing from 6pm, well be­fore the walk starts at 7.30pm. Free park­ing is avail­able.

Early­bird en­try costs just £7 for chil­dren and £12 for adults. To reg­is­ter go to www.eastcheshire walk. Busi­nesses in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ship should give Jes­sica Ruth a call on 01625 664997.

Book­ing forms are also avail­able from the hospice and its char­ity shops.

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