Walk­ing by starlight

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

ONE of East Cheshire’s most pop­u­lar fundrais­ing events is now open for en­tries.

The fam­ily-friendly Starlight Walk, now in its fifth year, is one of East Cheshire Hospices’ flag­ship events rais­ing more than £35,000 last year with walk­ers en­joy­ing the 100 acres of pic­turesque park­land at Capesthorne Hall.

Around 600 peo­ple en­joyed a dry even­ing last year and event or­gan­iser, Jes­sica Ruth, is hop­ing for an even big­ger turn-out for this year’s walk on April 21.

“There is al­ways a ter­rific at­mos­phere at the Starlight Walk with ev­ery­one join­ing in the spirit of the oc­ca­sion,” she says.

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.

“Starlight Walk is part of the be­reave­ment jour­ney for many peo­ple and a fit­ting way of help­ing them re­mem­ber loved ones,” says Jes­sica.

As in pre­vi­ous years, walk­ers are 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 live mu­sic, hot food and drinks with gates open­ing from 6pm, well be­fore the walk which starts at 7.30pm.

Free park­ing is avail­able.

Tick­ets are £15 for adults and £10 for chil­dren - to reg­is­ter please go to https:// www.east cheshire lhos­pice.org.uk/starlight or call 01625 433477 for more in­for­ma­tion.

A team of walk­ers ready for all weather con­di­tions at last year’s Starlight Walk

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