Sparkle Walk raises £168k for Ashgate Hospice

Wonderful walkers have raised a whopping £168,371 for Ashgate Hospice.

Two thousand participants stepped out on the 10k Sparkle Walk around Chesterfield on Saturday night.

Ashgate Sparkle Night Walk 2016

Ashgate Sparkle Night Walk 2016

Emma West of Holmewood walked in memory of her uncle, John West. She said: “I was near the front of the walkers and it was amazing to look back and see the sea of flashing bunny ears. The whole night was high-spirited and luckily, the weather held good and stayed dry.”

Organisers from Ashgate Hospicecare, alongside hundreds of volunteers, rallied together to ensure the annual walking event ran smoothly.

Leanne Collings from Clay Cross, Chesterfield who took part in the walk said, “The walk was absolutely brilliant. There was so much effort put in from both the organisers and participants. I was so proud to be part of something so fantastic for our community.”

Entertainment companies and businesses from the borough added to the event with performances and giveaways.

Ian Appleyard, director of Blundells Letting and Estate Agents, said: “We are extremely proud to have been the main sponsor of the Sparkle Night Walk this year. Saturday night was just superb and it was great to see all the hard work put in really pay off for the hospice. The organisation of the event was first class, everyone seemed to have a brilliant time and we understand that participation and fundraising exceeded expectations.”

Events Fundraiser, Charlotte Gratton from Ashgate Hospicecare, said “The event was absolutely amazing. To see everyone so excited and having such a great time whilst raising money for patients and their families in North Derbyshire made everything worthwhile.”

Donna Lowe, from Old Tupton in Chesterfield, who was walking in memory of both her stepmum and stepdad, added: “I enjoyed the night second time round and will be doing it againnext year for sure.”

The money raised from the Sparkle Night Walk will go towards providing specialist palliative and end of life care across north Derbyshire and the High Peak and Dales. The hospice provides its services free of charge to patients with any life limiting illness, and extended support to patients’ families. 

Anyone who wishes to view the photos from Saturday night’s event can visit the hospices Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ashgatehospice/ or to find out more about Ashgate Hospicecare and its work visit www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/.