Loved ones remembered at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice's Starlight Walk

Barbs Beauts

Team Barb's Beauts: Bernadette, second from left

There was a remarkable atmosphere at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice on Saturday night as more than 500 people remembered loved ones by taking part in the Starlight Walk.

The annual event is a night of entertainment and remembrance which brings in thousands of pounds for the Moggerhanger-based charity which needs to raise more than £2million a year to continue to provide vital care in the community.

Remembering loved ones

One team taking part was Barb’s Beauts as a tribute to Biggleswade’s Barbara Ireland who passed away in May aged 75 at St John’s. Her sister Bernadette Griffith was one of the 33-strong team to take part in Barbara’s memory.

“The atmosphere at St John's was remarkable,” said Bedford’s Bernadette. “Throughout the whole of the walk everyone was so friendly and determined. Each person took part with their own personal thoughts as to why they were there. It was an emotional time remembering Barbara, but we were all determined to do it in style - and we did - we won the award for the largest team!”

The walk

Walkers picked either a 5K or 10K route in Moggerhanger with flashing head wear and fairy light dresses lighting up the night during the route which began and ended at the hospice. On the way back to the finish line, walkers stopped off to dedicate a star to loved ones in the hospice’s memory garden.

Sue Ryder St John’s Head of Fundraising Tori Ablard, added: “A huge thank you to all the Starlight Walkers for coming to join us at St John’s on Saturday and to the amazing volunteers and suppliers without whom we would not have been able to stage the walk. The event was a huge success and we await the final fundraising total once all the sponsorship has been collected.”


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