Hospice ‘stars’ help raise thousands

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Charity walkers proved themselves to be ‘shining stars’ after raising £28,707 for patient care at St Catherine’s Hospice.

A total of 533 walkers registered for the 6.5-mile Starlight Walk, many walking for the hospice in support or in memory of loved ones.

Karen, Claire, Jo, Chris, Glenys, Sam & Maddie all looking the part!'Starlight Walk 2015 - 12.09.2015

Karen, Claire, Jo, Chris, Glenys, Sam & Maddie all looking the part!'Starlight Walk 2015 - 12.09.2015

Ten-year-old Bobbie Gracie was walking on what would have been her dad’s birthday just six weeks after he died.

It was exactly a year since her dad, Kenneth “Kat” Gracie, was first told on his birthday that he had cancer.

Her mum, Heather Brown, was also diagnosed with cancer in April on the day Kat was given the news that he was terminally ill. She is currently undergoing treatment.

It was Bobbie’s own idea to do the walk after spotting a roadside banner advertising the event and realising it fell on her dad’s birthday. People were so touched by her bravery that she raised around £1,000 in just two days.

Bobbie’s JustGiving address is www.justgiving.com/Bobbie-Gracie

Also walking was Stuart Roche-Pearson, 17, walking in memory of the dad he lost just last month. He and his family came as “Mike’s gang” and joined in the spirit of the walk in full fancy dress.

Stuart walked as Vicky Pollard from Little Britain and caused great amusement at the start of the event when he set off pushing friend Sam Whitehead as Andy who, true to the character’s form, promptly leapt out of his wheelchair and ran down the hill.

And the Mancrief family were also there in big numbers to walk alongside Louis, 17, and Millie, 13, the children of Jane Mancrief who died earlier this year.

Penny Campbell, hospice fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful that, eight years since we started, more than 500 people are still turning out to support us.

“We’re absolutely overwhelmed by the amount raised and want to thank everyone for their amazing support for Saint Catherine’s.”