Sue Ryder - Leckhampton Court Hospice
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Hospice supporters shine bright at Starlight Hike
A huge total of 942 people stepped out under the stars to walk 9,420km between them last weekend to raise vital funds for a local Gloucestershire hospice in what is one of the biggest and brightest night time charity walks ever held by the charity.
Supporters of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice came together at St Edward’s Prep School in Charlton Kings on Saturday 19th October at this year’s Starlight Hike, sponsored by Capita, in memory of loved ones.
Sam Sykes, 34, from Cheltenham, walked in memory of her husband Ben Sykes, 36, who received care at the hospice earlier this year. She stood on stage on the night to share her reason for walking.
Sam said, “I came here tonight to support a cause which is very close to my heart, as I am sure it is for many people here. We were truly blessed to spend time at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. It is a magical and inspirational place where for the last five weeks of my husband Ben’s life we went to live.”
“We were able to spend precious time together with our now two year old little daughter and were able to create truly priceless memories.”
“It felt like the weight had been lifted off our shoulders. The staff were exceptional and Ben became a different person. His light and his shine came back.”
“Ben wanted to truly live and laugh and make the most of every single day we had left together and this happened because of every element of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. It happened because of the doctors who cared about Ben’s every comfort. It happened because of the Sue Ryder Nurses who took the time to really get to know us. It happened because of the nursing assistants because they knew how important it was for us to enjoy our evening gin and tonics on our hospice ‘date nights’.”
“It happened because of the chefs who worked so hard to find meals for Ben and it happened because of the cleaning staff who so patiently let our little girl mop daddy’s room.”
“It is because of the volunteers who keep the garden so beautiful and tranquil. It’s because of the sewing group who created a beautiful memory blanket for our daughter. And it is because of the compassionate words from the reception staff every time you walked through the door.”
“It costs £140 for Sue Ryder Nurse for a day which is nothing really, but for many people it means everything to have people by your side when it matters most.”
“I want to share how amazing the hospice is in the hope that it may help families like mine in the future. We are all here tonight to give something back and make sure this amazing hospice can continue to serve our community.”
At 9pm the night sky was lit up with people shining bright in flashing lights and neon clothing as walkers set out on a 10k around the streets of Cheltenham.
There was a real party atmosphere with performances from Rock Choir, and an energetic warm up from Clubbercise before walkers set out at 9pm.
The walkers – who were of all ages with one of the youngest being just over a year old – were invited to make a dedication to loved ones on a wall of stars within Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s softly lit grounds.
They were supported by over 100 volunteers on the night helping to sign them in, safely marshalling the route and congratulating them as they crossed the finish line.
It’s the flagship fundraising event for the hospice and is expected to raise thousands of pounds for local families needing expert and compassionate palliative care and bereavement support.
Matt Reay, Senior Community Fundraiser for Events at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “Thank you so much to everyone who came together to walk in memory of loved ones at our Starlight Hike. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year and with 942 people joining us it really was bigger, brighter and better than ever.”
“Our expert and compassionate palliative care and support is free of charge to everyone who needs it. However, it costs us £10,000 a day to be able to carry on providing it. That is why events such as Starlight Hike and the tireless support and kindness of local people is so important and helps us to be there when it matters for local families.”
“We would also like to say a special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out and supported on the night and to all the local businesses and organisations who supported us including our sponsors Capita and support from in2print, Rock Choir, Clubbercise, our venue St Edward’s prep school and many more. As a charity we can’t put on large scale events like this without their support.”
The event returns next year on 24th October at St Edward's Prep School.
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