An impressive 700+ people took part in the East Cheshire Hospice Starlight Walk on Friday (20th April) including local MP David Rutley who attended to help start the walk.
Mr Rutley, who is also one of the hospice’s vice-presidents, gave a short speech wishing all the participants well and highlighting the hospice’s vital work, shortly before the sun set.
David commented: “It is a privilege to support this moving and inspiring event, which is a firm fixture in East Cheshire Hospice’s calendar, giving people the opportunity to reflect on the life of a loved one and raise funds for this much-valued local charity.
“As the impressive turnout demonstrates, the care and support that East Cheshire Hospice provides has touched the lives of so many people. It is an honour to be able to support its vital work going forward.”
The event was hosted by Darren Proctor, and included a warm-up from local dance troupe Sylk Dance Academy.
Participants each received a candle and a pebble of remembrance to carry with them on their walk through the grounds of Capesthorne Hall.
Towards the finishing point, participants could decorate and personalise their own paper lanterns, to light the homeward straight, where they gathered after their walk and received their commemorative medal.
The Starlight Walk is an important opportunity for local people to celebrate the life of a loved one, make new friends, and raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice at the same time.
The walk caters for many ages and abilities, with this year’s entrants ranging from those in their teens to those in their eighties.
This year’s event was particularly memorable as 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of East Cheshire Hospice. The walk had a pearl theme, in honour of the occasion.