This year’s St Clare Hospice Starlight Walk has been officially launched. Organisers hope some 350 people will take part in the five-mile walk, which is being sponsored by estate agents Mullucks Wells, that will start at Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club at 8pm on Friday, September 21. Says Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Mullucks Wells: “As a well-established local business, Mullucks Wells is delighted to be sponsoring the Bishop’s Stortford Starlight Walk in aid of St Clare Hospice.
“It was our great pleasure to meet some of the staff and be included in the launch for the event. Our sponsorship commitment means that all the money raised will help St Clare Hospice continue their vital work in our community.”
The official launch was held in the town when Bishop’s Stortford Mayor Cllr Peter Gray and Deputy Mayor Janice Elliott joined the Mullucks Wells team and St Clare Hospice fundraisers as well as the hospice’s mascot Clare the Bear. Fundraiser Grace Clutton said: “We hope many local people will register to take part in the Starlight Walk which last year attracted 250 people and raised about £18,000 which enabled us to provide over 100 hours of specialist in-patient care for eight patients and their loved ones.
“Walkers can take part in memory of a loved one or someone who has been helped by St Clare Hospice. Whatever your motivation, we want you to be part of the Starlight Walk 2012 in Bishop’s Stortford.”
You can register up to four people at once but organisers must have the full name and address of everyone taking part.
Once payment has been received you will be sent a registration pack including a sponsor form. Each walker will receive a t-shirt and goody bag on the night.
St Clare Hospice provides specialist care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in west Essex and the east Hertfordshire border. It is one of two hospices caring for the people of Bishop’s Stortford and surrounding areas. The hospice currently only receives 24 per cent funding from the NHS towards its £2.7m annual running costs. That is over £5,000 a day which the hospice has to raise to stay open.
Grace Clutton added: “Please support us by signing up and raising as much sponsorship as possible so we can always be there for local families in their time of need.”
Registration could not be easier. You can find all the information needed on the hospice website –www.stclarehospice.org.uk/starlightwalk.html - by ringing 01279 773750 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org