‘Last year, Abi and I walked six miles under the stars with hundreds of other walkers. It was an amazing opportunity to raise funds for this incredible charity as St Wilfrid’s is a cause that’s very close to both our hearts. 

‘I was very close to my grandmother and was devastated when she was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in July 2017. Although it was a heartbreaking time, St Wilfrid’s made us all feel a little more at ease; the staff there even helped her to recuperate enough to come home for Christmas – something we never thought would be possible.

‘When Abi was younger, her grandmother – who also had a cancer diagnosis – was cared for by St Wilfrid’s. Abi said that everyone who comes through the hospice doors receives personalised care.

‘Both families were so grateful for the support they received - and we knew that the hospice relies on donations from the local community - which is why Abi and I decided to get involved in Starlight Stroll. 

‘It was such a peaceful, emotional, evening and the atmosphere was so special. When you arrive at the Italian Gardens - which is the halfway point - you are reminded that you are not alone in your grief, and the sight of hundreds of lanterns spread out across the grass is very moving.

‘It helped me with how I was feeling at the time and it felt good to raise money for St Wilfrid’s so that they can continue to make things easier for patients and families at a difficult time.’

This year's Starlight Stroll features a new start point and finish line! Join in the warm-up fun at Treasure Island (wheelchair accessible) and enjoy a celebratory drink at The Beach Deck after! Entry is £18 and includes a Starlight Stroll T-shirt, lantern and commemorative medal. Visit stwhospice.org/starlightstroll or phone 01323 434241 to sign up.