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Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

RECORD turnout helped make Starlight Walk an over­whelm­ing suc­cess for East Cheshire Hospice.

More than 600 walk­ers strolled through the beau­ti­ful grounds of Capesthorne Hall on Fri­day, rais­ing about £50,000 for the char­ity.

The big­gest group was a 100-strong team of fam­ily and friends walk­ing on be­half of Sarah Shack­le­ton-Lamptey, from Macclesfield, who died of can­cer in De­cem­ber aged 36.

Hus­band Carl led their con­tin­gent in a poignant trib­ute to Sarah, a pa­tient at the hospice where she be­came an am­bas­sador and bravely raised funds for the char­ity dur­ing her ill­ness.

The rain clouds dis­ap­peared on a warm evening be­fore walk­ers set off on a route which took them through a for­est, most cov­er­ing 5k though some went twice that dis­tance. Walk­ers lit can­dles and dropped peb­bles into a pond in mov­ing trib­utes of re­mem­brance.

Jes­sica Ruth, event or­gan­iser at the hospice, said: “We’d like to thank ev­ery­one for mak­ing the oc­ca­sion such an out­stand­ing suc­cess.

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

“I’d like to say a spe­cial thanks to our cater­ers and the 78 vol­un­teers who made sure ev­ery­one was safe.

“The funds raised are the equiv­a­lent of a week’s care at East Cheshire so the dona­tions we re­ceive from en­tries and spon­sor­ship are vi­tal to keep the hospice run­ning.”

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