Nearly 500 walkers lit the streets of Cambridge raising vital funds for Arthur Rank Hospice

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Arthur Rank Hospice's Star Shine Night Walk celebrates its 11th year with 'Call the Midwife' star Cliff Parisi, as 479 walk back to the 80s.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is delighted that 479 joined them at their annual memory walk on Saturday 18 May.

It was a colourful and memorable evening for walkers who took on a 6.5 or 10 mile challenge to raise funds for the Hospice.

Mr 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 photos 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 them 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 12. 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 one and mile four was sponsored by Polka Dot Frog, mile two Clip 'n Climb Cambridge, mile three Final Finish Flooring, mile five To The Moon and Back Foster Care, mile six Clare Jones Floral Design, mile seven Spirit Health Club Cambridge, mile eight Bourn Golf and Leisure and mile nine 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.

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