Car dealers Sidney Jackson & Son Ltd are hoping to drive a popular memory walk to even greater success next month.

The long-established family-run Ford retailer is sponsoring Light Up The Night, organised by East Cheshire Hospice, for the third year in a row.

The event takes place in the beautiful grounds of Capesthorne Hall on Friday, April 5, with the walk starting at 7.30 pm. Gates open at 6 pm.

Organisers are hoping to attract another bumper turnout after last year's walk drew a record 770 walkers.

The route is over a loop of 2.5 kilometres through a forest and entrants can choose to complete the circuit once, twice (5k) or four times (10k).

The Hall, which is illuminated for the occasion, provides a stunning backdrop. The evening will come to a spectacular end with a firework display.

Walkers will carry a paper lantern to light the way along the route as the sun sets. Walkers will also be able to float a lantern on the lake to remember someone special.   

Liam Riley, General Manager at Sidney Jackson, said: "We're delighted to be involved once again with East Cheshire Hospice which does such wonderful work in the community.

"Our company motto is Part of the Family because of the proud relationship we've built with our customers, some of whom include several generations of families. In the same way the Hospice is part of the fabric of the community and deserves all our support."

Sidney Jackson, based on Wilmslow Road, Macclesfield, was established in Butley in 1920 and became a Ford retail dealership in 1955.      

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at the Hospice, said: "This generous sponsorship will help cover a proportion of our costs for the event which means the sponsorship raised by walkers can go directly towards supporting patient care.

"Light Up The Night will be a memorable occasion and we're hoping as many people as possible can join us. There's no need to have a previous connection to the Hospice."

The Events Village opens at 6 pm with stalls, refreshments, face-painting and a DJ.

Registration is £20 for over 16s and £15 for 5-15. This includes entry, a unique Light Up The Night T-shirt and a hand-held paper lantern to take home as a keepsake.

Walkers are asked to try to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. To register visit eastcheshirehospice.co.uk/lutn.