Happy hikers stride out for hospice funds

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Nearly 700 walkers took part in this year’s Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Starlight Hike on Saturday, September 12.

Kicking off at 10pm, the route took walkers round the grounds of the hospice, with eager hikers arriving from as early as 8pm to take advantage of the buzzing atmosphere, bar and refreshments.

Event entertainment included Busk Till Dusk finalist Elliott Rose and local legend the Soul Man.

The new 5km route proved popular with school-age children and families, alongside the usual 10km challenge in memory of loved ones, some of whom were cared for at the hospice.

Walkers were able to reflect in the Memory Garden that had been created in the hospice grounds, beautifully lit with fairylights and lanterns.

The entertainment included the new exercise warm-up Clubbercise, paint ambush and a fire eater,.

Walkers who completed the course were rewarded with a hot drink, goody bag and medal.

Event organiser Fay Boissieux said: “This year’s event was definitely the best one yet.

“It was a magical night and we are so grateful to all those who took part.

“We really couldn’t host these events without our band of merry helpers, who I would like to thank.”

The hospice hopes to raise £100,000 in sponsorship. Anyone wishing to make a donation can still do so by sending cheques in to the Fundraising Team, Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, St John’s Rd, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RJ.