Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

Moonlight & Memories Walk 2016

DSC_0391Around £70,000 was raised from the 10th anniversary of the hospice’s Moonlight and Memories Walk, which saw more than 850 people stride out to remember loved ones and support the charity.

Norman Cutler, St Catherine’s Hospice fundraiser and organiser of the walk, said: “The Moonlight and Memories Walk is our biggest sponsored fundraiser of the year, and the community really came out in force to show their support at the weekend, as we celebrated the event’s 10th anniversary.

“The atmosphere on the night was fantastic, with people of all ages dressed up in bright colours for the occasion. By introducing a four-mile walk as well as a new 10-mile route to mark the 10th year of the walk, it meant that children could take part, and it was lovely to see families striding out together to remember loved ones.

“More than 850 people turned up to show their support, from individuals and couples, to groups of work colleagues and friends, raising in the region of £70,000.

“It was a very special occasion, and we’ve received some great feedback from people about how nice it was to spend time in the hospice grounds before setting off around Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge, Penwortham and Preston.

“Thanks to everyone who took part and sponsored our walkers – it really was a night to remember!”

Here are some of the lovely comments our supporters shared with us on the night:

Friends Caroline Connelly and Mandy Miller. Mandy said: “We know a few people who have had cancer and we’ve seen what a difference hospices can make. My son is a student nurse and he did a placement at St Catherine’s – he commented on how compassionate the staff are here and how the care is on a one-to-one basis. It’s such a worthy cause.”

DSC_0315Mick and Andrea Handyside with their children Elizabeth and Thomas took on the four-mile family-friendly walk. Andrea said: “I did the Moonlight and Memories Walk last year and the children wanted to do it then, but it was quite long. This new route is the perfect opportunity for them to join in.” Mick added: “My friend stayed at St Catherine’s last year – it’s a local charity which needs support from the public, and the staff do such a good job.”

Sisters Dawn Moaks and Heather Walker were walking in memory of Dawn’s late husband, who was cared for at St Catherine’s 16 years ago. They said the atmosphere on the night of the walk is ‘fantastic’ and they’re keen to raise awareness of the work of the hospice.

Colleagues Laura Smith and Sarah Forster described last year’s walk as having a ‘fantastic atmosphere’ and being ‘very emotional’. Sarah said: “When you start getting sponsored for the walk, you realise how many people have been affected by illnesses such as cancer. So many people have been touched by the care their loved ones have received at St Catherine’s and want to help.”

Sue Kowalski was taking on the Moonlight and Memories Walk for the first time, after doing similar fundraising events for Breast Cancer Research in previous years. “I just want to do my bit,” she said. “Events like this bring everyone together, and even though I’m attending on my own, I always end up chatting with people and sharing stories along the way. Events like this are really special.”

DSC_0342Gandalf the wizard (aka George Ellis) is pictured with the charity’s chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh. George, a scout leader with the 1st Clayton Brook Scouts, said: “I already had the outfit from a scout Halloween party last year, so just decided to wear it for tonight. I did the Moonlight and Memories Walk last year and I think it’s important to keep supporting causes like this because you never know when you or your family may need it.”



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