Walkers stride out for hospice appeal

Walkers on the starting line of the St Luke's Starlight Walk last year.
Walkers on the starting line of the St Luke's Starlight Walk last year.
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SHEFFIELD folk are striding out – in aid of the city’s St Luke’s Hospice.

Fundraisers will be getting together for the third year in a row to take part in the Starlight Walk, with more than 1,000 people expected to take part this time.

Organisers hope each walker will generate at least £100 in sponsorship, which would raise a minimum total of £100,000.

The route runs from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back, and the event is happening on Saturday, July 13.

Una Moran, director of fundraising and communications at the hospice in Whirlow, said people can sign up in memory of loved ones, or just to keep fit.

“This year we’d love every walker to raise at least £100 for St Luke’s - then, together, we could raise enough to support a room in our new inpatient unit,” she said.

“This year we need to raise at least £4 million to keep on doing what we do, as just one third of our funding comes from the NHS.

“So by walking for us and fundraising for us you’ll be a part of something special, making a big difference to the lives of patients and families.”

For walkers who register before May 6 there will be a special discount, as well as a prize draw for everyone who collects more than £100.

The event starts at 9pm, but from 6.30pm there will be live music, food and a Thornbridge Brewery beer tent.

A mass warm-up at 8.30pm will ensure every walker is ready for the evening trek.

Registration costs £15 for adults and £10 for children aged five to 15. The early bird discount before May 6 reduces the price to £12.50 and £7.50.

For groups of six people or more, the cost of registering is £10.

Walkers are urged to start seeking sponsorship as soon as they have signed up, as the fees cover the cost of staging the event only.

Register at St Lukes Hospice or pick up a form from the hospice or any St Luke’s shop.