Nearly 900 walkers took to the streets of Preston as part of the Moonlight and Memories Walk in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.
This year’s walk was extra special as the hospice celebrates its 30th anniversary. For the first time, participants set off from St Catherine’s in Lostock Hall and completed either an eight or 16 mile route.
In total walkers have pledged an incredible £83,132 in sponsorship from the event, which will be used to help fund the specialised care of St Catherine’s for local people facing life-shortening conditions.
Pre-walk entertainment was provided by singer Dave Massam and The Bee Radio got everyone warmed up ready for the route.
Before they set off the crowd even took part in a group #AirGuitarChallenge –a campaign launched by the hospice to celebrate their special birthday. It is inspired by the fact Status Quo are playing at Symphony at the Tower in aid of St Catherine’s on July 3rd and sees people share video clips of themselves doing their best air guitar moves on social media, before giving a £3 donation by texting Hospice Guitar to 70444 and nominating friends to do the same.
Norman Cutler, senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice and Moonlight and Memories Walk organiser, said: “What an amazing night and what fantastic way to begin our month of 30th anniversary celebrations this June!
“To start and finish at the hospice for the first time made it extra special and really reminded everyone of why they were there. It was very emotional reading the tributes on people’s T-shirts and on our Memory Wall, where people posted dedications to the loved ones they were remembering on the night.
“There were all sorts of outfits and accessories on show – some with an eighties theme in a nod to our 30th anniversary – and the atmosphere was electric. We even had a bride to be celebrating her hen do!
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who went the distance for St Catherine’s that night – we can only deliver the care we do thanks to the amazing support we receive at events like this. We are also extremely grateful to the volunteers who gave their time to ensure everything ran smoothly– including the Leyland Freemasons who stewarded part of the route. We simply wouldn’t be able to organise and host events like this without their help”
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