Monday, 18 July 2016

On Saturday 9th July over 800 women joined Peace Hospice Care for its 10th and final Starlight Walk; raising over £70,000.

Over the years, the Hospice's Starlight Walk has become a well-known event in the local community. To celebrate the 10th and final Walk, celebrity supporter, Wendi Peters, best known as Cilla Battersby-Brown on Coronation Street, joined the walkers for live entertainment by local band McVicar. The Saraswati Academy of Indian Dance and The Village School of Dance created an energetic and lively atmosphere with a brilliant Zumba warm up.

Both the 6 mile and 13 mile routes started at the Watford Colosseum at 9pm with Wendi Peters leading the way down Watford High Street. The walk then continued through Bushey, Croxley Green and Cassiobury Park, where there was a moving candle display for participants to remember their loved ones, before finishing at the Colosseum. Throughout both routes, walkers were treated to snacks, which were kindly donated by Balhsen, Valeside Catering and the Prince of Bengal restaurant.

The first walker to cross the finish line was Peace Hospice Care's dedicated volunteer Audrey Adams, from Watford, who has taken part in all ten Starlight Walks for Peace Hospice Care and has been the first walker to complete the route multiple times.

Families and friends from across Hertfordshire and North London came together to support the Hospice and to remember loved ones who had been cared for by Peace Hospice Care.

Sukhi, from Watford who is part of the 12 strong 'Kaur Blimeys' Team said: "We've done it every year as a family. The Hospice is an amazing cause and we want to support it as much as we can. The Starlight Walk really brings the community together and you can really feel the comradery as you're walking. We're all really dedicated to the Walk. This year one of our team members came from Kent to do it!"

Trish Froy, who was part of the 'Queen Bees' a team put together by The Queens' School in Bushey, said: "We're all walking for different people; everyone has a connection to the Hospice. I've done every single walk as Peace Hospice Care is a fantastic local charity. Eight years ago my husband and my family were supported by the Hospice so now I walk for him. It's a charity that is close to my heart."

Team Leavesden, from the Cassiobury Pharmacy, said: "This is the first year we're doing the walk; we wanted to do something to support a local charity and Peace Hospice Care is a great cause! We all know someone who has been helped and supported by the Hospice, so the Starlight Walk is the perfect way to give back."

The Smarts Strollers, a group of teachers from St Martins School in Northwood, said: "We try to raise money and support the Hospice as much as we can; we normally collect clothes through the school, which we can donate to the Peace Hospice Care charity shops. This year we wanted to do something more, so we decided to join the final Starlight Walk; so far it's been a great experience."

Pete Watson, Events and Community Fundraising Manager said: "We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone that took part and those that were involved with the event, as well as to the Fullerians Rugby Club and HMS Wildfire for marshalling on the night.

"The final Starlight Walk was a huge success with nearly 850 women lighting up Watford to show their support for the Hospice. The Starlight Walk has been an enormous part of the Hospice and the local community for the last 10 years and we're pleased that so many people got involved in its 10th and final year. We were able to go out with a bang."

If you'd like to take part in another event held by the Hospice please visit their website or call 01923 335373.