St Luke’s Starlight Walk is big hit

Some of the staff from Hillsborough School
Some of the staff from Hillsborough School
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Families and friends enjoyed a summertime stroll - while raising funds for St Luke’s Hospice on the charity’s third annual Starlight Walk.

The Saturday evening event saw around 1,000 people completing the five kilometre route from Sheffield’s Endcliffe Park up to Forge Dam and back again.

Organisers hope the walk will raise at least £100,000, making it one of the most important events on St Luke’s calendar.

There was fun in plenty to be had before the 9pm start - with a live band, a beer tent, a hog roast and much more.

But the still summer air was also full of memories - of loved ones lost, providing inspiration and motivation for many of those taking part.

Jonathan Slater was walking with Lindsay Washbourne and children Katie and George in tribute to his wife Deborah, who passed away three years ago.

“She was in St Luke’s for her last three weeks. The hospice supported her - and me, for months after that,” said the 46-year-old from Owlthorpe.

“I’ve been involved in other fundraising events, such as playing a gig with my band, but the good thing about the Starlight Walk is that is brings together a lot of people together in one place, it’s a focal point for us.”

Caroline and Daniel Baldock, both 23, from Chapeltown, were taking part in memory of Caroline’s grandad Roy, who died 12 years ago from bowel cancer, and Daniel’s grandfather Jim, who had the same condition.

“They looked after him until the end, it was 24/7 care and nothing like a normal hospital,” Caroline said.

“You could go and visit whenever you wanted, there were no visiting times or anything. I’ve done the Race for Life before but this is my first Starlight Walk and I’m here with my cousins. It’s a nice relaxed atmosphere.”

Nineteen-year-old Courtney Smith from Parson Cross was one of a six strong team from the Youth Justice Service taking part.

“I’m walking in memory of my gran but helping St Luke’s is a bit of a family tradition, we’re very fond of the charity,” she said.

“I’m also here with my 11 week old son Isaac - I think he’ll be the youngest person completing the course,” Courtney added.

Ceri Jones, St Luke’s capital appeal development manager, said the event had been moved forward from May last year, when it had been very cold.

“July is not quite as dark but we have a perfect evening. This is now one of our four big annual events and we’re delighted with the turn out,” he added.

nFor more photos, see today’s Star People supplement.