Starlight Walk 2018 Launch

One of East Cheshire’s most popular fundraising events, the Starlight Walk, will have added sparkle this year.

The family-friendly event is one of East Cheshire Hospices’ flagship events and it will have a special “pearl” theme this year to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hospice.

Entries are now open for 2018 walk which takes place on the evening of Friday, April 20 on routes through the 100 acres of picturesque parkland at Capesthorne Hall.

As in previous years, walkers are able to choose their distance - one loop of the route for 2.5k, two loops for 5k or four loops for 10k and everyone will receive a free specially designed T-shirt and a medal to mark the occasion. 

Hoping to notch up several loops will be 80-year-old John Gillett who has taken part for the past two years. John, whose wife Dilys spent her last days in the Hospice in 2015, says the best part of the event is meeting other walkers.

“It’s a lovely gentle route which allows you plenty of time to meet and chat with lots of other people,” says John from Gawsworth.

John hopes to be joined on the walk by his daughter, Catherine, son-in-law Gareth and two grand-children Clare, 13, and 10-year old Isabel.

With live music and entertainment , hot food and drinks the event is one of the most popular on the Hospice fundraising calendar and with more than 600 expected to take part, its hoped that the 2018 event can surpass the £45,000 raised last year.

Early Bird registration is now open for the walk and is £7 for a child and £12 for an adult. The Early Bird offer ends on February 28.

Events manager, Jo Boyd, says the event is designed to be super family-friendly with children and dogs welcome.

“Starlight Walk is part of the bereavement journey for many people and a lovely way to remember loved ones,” says Jo.

“The entrance fee only covers the cost of the event, so we do ask that everyone tries to raise at least £50 of sponsorship. Every penny you raise really does make a huge difference in helping us to provide essential care in the local community,” she says.