Striding out for a very worthy cause

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NEARLY 200 people have signed up for a walk in the park in aid of St Luke’s Hospice as it celebrates its 40th anniversary - but more supporters are needed to ensure the event raises as much cash as possible for one of the city’s best loved charities

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Yorkshire and Humber MEP Linda McAvan are among those to have pledged their support for the Starlight Walk, organised as the main event in a calendar year of birthday fundraising fun.

The Star has joined forces with the hospice to encourage people to sign up to the 5km evening event, which follows a route from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back.

Una Moran, director of fundraising and communications at St Luke’s, said: “This is a fantastic way for our many supporters across the city to raise money to help us care for Sheffield people with life-limiting illnesses.

“You can walk in memory of someone who was close to you, walk for someone you know who has been helped by St Luke’s, or just walk for fun and fitness.

“We need your help to raise at least £50,000 so we can continue to provide the highest level of care for more than 1,400 patients, their families and carers every year.

“Less than a third of our funding comes from the NHS and this year we need to raise at least £4 million just to keep on doing what we do.”

The Star’s deputy editor Paul License said: “St Luke’s is one of the city’s most treasured institutions. Thousands of people have learned of the comfort and care which it offers at the most tragic and trying of times. And without exception they are full of admiration for the help they received. I know many people will want to support this sponsored walk.”

Mr Blomfield said he was thrilled to be taking part in the event on Saturday May 21.

“St Luke’s have provided amazing care and support for countless Sheffield families for 40 years,” he said. “I’m taking part in the Starlight Walk to help raise funds to enable St Luke’s to continue their work for many more years to come.

“It should be a great event and I’d urge people to sign up and join in.”

The evening begins at 6.30pm with live entertainment in the park. The walk sets off at 8.45pm - providing a twilight setting for participants.

Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk or call 0114 235 7594 for more information about the Starlight Walk and to sign up.

St Luke’s has been working in the city caring and supporting terminally ill patients and their families for the past 40 years and has 550 unpaid volunteers and 185 staff.