Starlight Walk for Moggerhanger hospice is night full of entertainment and remembrance
PUBLISHED: 10:47 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:47 09 October 2017
There was a remarkable atmosphere at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice last Saturday night as more than 500 people remembered loved ones by taking part in the Starlight Walk.
The annual event is a night of entertainment and remembrance which brings in thousands of pounds for the Moggerhanger-based charity, which needs to raise more than £2 million a year to continue to provide vital care in the community.
One team taking part, Barb’s Beauts, paid tribute to Biggleswade’s Barbara Ireland – who passed away in May aged 75 at St John’s.
Her sister Bernadette Griffith was one of the 33-strong team taking part in Barbara’s memory.
“The atmosphere at St John’s was remarkable,” said Bernadette, from Bedford.
“Throughout the whole of the walk, everyone was so friendly and determined.
“Each person took part with their own personal thoughts as to why they were there.
“It was an emotional time remembering Barbara, but we were all determined to do it in style – and we did. We won the award for the largest team!”
Walkers picked either a 5km or 10km route in Moggerhanger, with flashing head wear and fairy-light dresses sparkling through the night during the route, which began and ended at the hospice.
On the way back to the finish line, walkers stopped off to dedicate a star to loved ones in the hospice’s memory garden.
Hospice fundraising chief Tori Ablard said: “A huge thank you to all the Starlight Walkers for coming to join us at St John’s on Saturday, and to the amazing volunteers and suppliers without whom we would not have been able to stage the walk.
“The event was a huge success and we await the final fundraising total once all the sponsorship has been collected.”
Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice is there for people aged 18 and over who are living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease.
It offers a range of support to communities across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire from inpatient care in a 15-bed hospice to day services which help people stay at home longer.
To find out more, have a look at sueryder.org/stjohns.