Saturday 12th September saw over 500 walkers take part in a socially distanced sponsored walk in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. This year’s event took place over an entire day to help maintain social distancing.

Walkers registered in 1-hour time slots throughout the day, using a contactless registration system. Their route took them from Treasure Island along the seafront towards the Italian Gardens.

At the Gardens, each walker had the opportunity to lay a lantern in memory of a loved one before returning to complete their distance.

The lanterns were then transported back to the hospice’s Wellbeing garden, lit by GPF productions, before the event concluded with a special online stream.

During the day, Pam Baisden, a hospice patient and Covid-19 survivor, finished the last part of her virtual starlight stroll. Pam had been taking part in the virtual element of the fundraiser, along with around 40 others, by completing 4 miles around her local area at her own pace.

Events Fundraiser, Lotti Prangnell said, ‘Starlight Stroll is a much-loved event for the whole of the St Wilfrid’s community. It is a special event to be a part of and an important fundraiser for the charity.

‘The Facebook stream provided a moment of quiet reflection while viewing all the lanterns laid in memory of loved ones. It was an honour to be part of such a special moment.

‘This has been the first fundraising event for the hospice since lockdown began, and so far has raised over £30,000. We are so thankful for the support and generosity of everyone who took part.’

The Facebook Live stream is available via our event page here > ( where you can also donate to help them reach more families and loves ones through their services.

Photos: Luke Harmer Visuals & GPF Productions

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