RADIO Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards is delighted to be a star of the St Luke’s Hospice Starlight Walk.
She knows from personal experience how valuable the work of St Luke’s is, which is why she has agreed to be the guest host when the Starlight walkers set off from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back on Saturday, May 12.
Paulette’s father Alec, a retired steelworker, was a patient at St Luke’s therapies and rehabilitation centre, Whirlow, as he battled against prostate cancer.
He also had the support of the St Luke’s community palliative nursing team at home.
Paulette said: “I still feel the St Luke’s team were not just supporting him, they were helping me and the whole family through the process too.
“It’s a difficult time and one when you feel vulnerable, but they looked after me as well as my dad. When he eventually died I didn’t know what to do, but they were there to help.”
Since Alec’s death four years ago, Paulette has become a keen supporter of hospice events, attending the summer fair and performing the official switch-on for the Christmas festival of light.
She said: “The festival was so moving, the spirit of the evening was extraordinary – I’m sure the Starlight Walk will be the same.
“The more you know about the work of St Luke’s, the more you understand why it’s so important to support it.”
n The Starlight Walk begins at 8.45pm, with a 5km route from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back. For details, visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk