Starlight Walk raised a spectacular £60,000

The Starlight walk sets off from Endcliffe Park.
The Starlight walk sets off from Endcliffe Park.
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IT was the night the stars came out to support one of the city’s best-loved charities - and today organisers revealed the final, fantastic total raised by the St Luke’s Hospice Starlight Walk.

An incredible £60,000 was collected thanks to the 5km walk from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back on May 21.

Almost 1,000 people put their best feet forward as dusk fell - raising £59,409.31. And there is still the prospect of more cash to come.

The Star urged readers to give their backing to the inaugural event, which will now become an annual hospice fundraiser.

St Luke’s events manager Anna Sheppard said: “Everybody who took part in the Starlight Walk was a star to St Luke’s.

“To have raised so much and to know there is still more to come exceeds all our expectations and we want to thank everybody who gave their time to make the evening so memorable.”

She added her thanks to The Star and a host of other sponsors and supporters who helped to get the event off the ground.

Everyone who signed up said they had enjoyed being part of such a special evening.

Many of those walking did so in memory of loved ones who had received care and support at St Luke’s before they died.

Trev’s Treasures - made up of Trevor Fairfax’s widow Jean, daughter Alison Beecroft and son-in-law Michael, daughter-in-law Tracy and grandson James - signed up in honour of Trevor, who spent five weeks at the hospice before his death aged 64.

And Elaine Thornhill - a member of the Big Star and Twinkles team which raised more than £700 - was walking in memory of her sister Andrea Giblin, who stayed at St Luke’s before her death in 1989. The 58-year-old from Shiregreen said: “The people and the place are beautiful. Andrea was there for three weeks and it was the best place she could have been.”

As well as the walk, there were a host of other attractions on the night including live music, fire-eating displays, a bouncy castle and face-painting.