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.”