Days running out for early bird walk place
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 hospice.org.uk/starlight 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.