Star Shine Night Walk celebrates 11th year as 479 walk back to the 80s
Cliff Parisi – who plays handyman and gardener Fred Buckle in the well-loved BBC period drama ‘Call the Midwife’ – boosted the morale of all those taking part, as he posed for photo opportunities, conga’d participants to the start line and then cheered them across the start line at Shelford Rugby Club.
Star Shine Night Walk, sponsored by Bramley Court Care Home, lit up the evening on a route which took participants around Cambridge’s historical streets and beautiful countryside. Those taking part grabbed their crimpers, dug out their leg warmers and wore their ‘in memory of’ t-shirts with pride – many personalised with messages and photographs of loved ones. Since the walk started, it has raised more than £335,000 for the Charity which provides essential Hospice care to those living with a life-limiting illness in Cambridgeshire.
Tasha Hills, Senior Events Officer, comments: “We were thrilled that Cliff could join us at Star Shine Night Walk for a second year. Our moon-walkers embraced their inner 80’s vibes and there was a sense of electric excitement in the air throughout the walk. The minute silence before they set off, was a poignant moment to remember and celebrate loved ones – many of whom were cared for across the county by Arthur Rank Hospice’s services. Our walkers pulled out all the stops to proudly fundraise and we hope that collectively they will have raised over £35,000 for the Hospice!”
Headline sponsor Bramley Court Care Home had a team of twelve taking part. Carol, Lifestyle Coordinator at the Care Home, said: “This is the second year that Bramley Court have been the headline sponsor for Arthur Rank Hospice’s Star Shine Night Walk. We’re really excited to be here again with some of our residents, some of our children and we’re just really proud to be involved. We love the fact that this is a big community event. It’s very inclusive and the atmosphere is amazing!”
The Care Home even decorated a “cheer bus” so that a number of their residents could come along and feel part of the evening.
As the evening drew to a close in the early hours of Sunday morning, celebratory hot drinks, and tasty roll were waiting for participants at the finish line, along with walkers’ well-deserved medals. Walkers were also given the opportunity to have a photo under the star adorned memory arch as a memento of the evening.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to: all the volunteers who helped support the event (of which there were over 90!).
Events like this night walk would not be possible, without the generous support of volunteers and local organisations: Hawthorn (Great Abington) donated sound equipment, backdrops and a giant disco ball; Sing! Choirs performed 80s hits; SP Discos provided music and entertainment throughout the night; Co-op Food (Perne Road) provided welcome refreshments; and Shelford Rugby Club very generously donated use of the venue for the evening; each mile on the route was illuminated by a different local business to celebrate each milestone achieved. Mile 1 and mile 4 were sponsored by Polker Dot Frog, mile 2 Clip and Climb Cambridge, mile 3 Final finish flooring, mile 5 To the moon and back foster care, mile 6 Clare Jones Floral Design, mile 7 Spirit Health Club Cambridge, mile 8 Bourn golf and leisure and mile 9 Scudamores: a big thank you goes to them all for their support.
Those who have raised funds through sponsorship are requested deliver any donations to the Hospice by Friday 21 June, either in person or by calling on 01223 675888.
Arthur Rank Hospice needs to secure £8.25 million every year to deliver services free of charge to patients and their loved ones. About half of this currently comes from statutory sources, with further funds raised thanks to the wider local community, through events such as this.
Arthur Rank Hospice supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our outstanding services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.
It will cost £8.66 million this financial year to operate our services, of which £4.68 million is budgeted from our contracts with the NHS and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
We are extremely grateful to our local community for the dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to raise the remaining £3.986 million.
For further information, please visit arhc.org.uk