GALLERY: Starlight Walk sees 380 people stepping out in Letchworth for Garden House Hospice

The start of the Starlight Walk 2014. Credit: Photonimaging Knebworth

The start of the Starlight Walk 2014. Credit: Photonimaging Knebworth - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of walkers descended upon Letchworth on Saturday for the Starlight Walk – crossing the start line to the tune of S Club 7’s Reach for the Stars.

About 380 people took part in the annual event organised by Letchworth-based Garden House Hospice and backed by the Comet, and so far have raised £20,000 which will help fund nurses who care for terminally ill patients.

Walkers set off at 9pm and had a choice of either a six or 10-mile circular route around the town, starting and finishing at North Herts Leisure Centre in Baldock Road.

Jo Wiffen, community fundraiser for the hospice in Gillison Close, said: “What a night! It was amazing, many of the walkers arrived wearing flashing lights and glow in the dark accessories. It was fun from beginning to end yet very poignant as many of the participants were walking in memory of someone special.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to them, the volunteers who help at the venue and of course our sponsors – it would not be possible to hold this event without them.

“Our marshals, many of who volunteered their time for the sixth year, ensured the walkers felt safe and walked in the right direction. Some of them decorated their area with fairy lights and dished out sweets to offer encouragement.

“The money raised will make a significant contribution towards the £1.6 million needed to keep the doors of the hospice open in the coming months.”

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Members of the fundraising team are now turning their thoughts towards planning next year’s Starlight Walk as the hospice celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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