Starlight hikers raise thousands for hospice

Starlight Hike at Sue Ryder St John's Moggerhanger.
Starlight Hike at Sue Ryder St John's Moggerhanger.

Nearly 700 walkers signed up for the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Starlight Hike.

this year, which took place on Saturday 12 September.

Kicking off at 10pm, the route took walkers around the grounds of the hospice, with eager hikers arriving from as early as 8pm to take advantage of the buzzing atmosphere, bar and refreshments. Event entertainment included Busk Till Dusk finalist Elliott Rose, and local legend the Soul Man.

The new 5k route proved popular with children and families, along with the usual 10k challenge, in memory of loved ones, some of whom had been cared for at the hospice.

Walkers at the fundraiser on Saturday, September 12, were able to reflect in the memory garden that had been created in the hospice grounds, beautifully lit with fairy lights and lanterns.

Fay Boissieux, for the hospice, said: “This year’s event was definitely the best one yet. The entertainment included the new exercise warm up Clubbercise through to paint ambush and the fire eater, who got everyone going.

“It was a magical night and we are so grateful to all those who took part. We really couldn’t host these events without our band of merry helpers who I would like to thank.”

Walkers who completed the course were cheered and rewarded with a hot drink, goody bag, medal and the knowledge they had all done something incredible for incurable illness.

The hospice hopes to raise £100,000 in sponsorship. Anyone wishing to make a donation can still do so by sending cheques into the Fundraising Team, Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, St John’s Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford, MK44 3RJ.

You can also send any photos of the event to stjohnsfundraising@sueryder.org