Over 750 people packed the main hall at Westgate Leisure Centre Saturday night, as walkers registered for 5 or 10 mile sponsored walks for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Saturday 11th May marked the 11th anniversary of the Moonlight Walk, with the new memorial archway encapsulating the spirit of remembrance shared by so many of those assembled.
Amongst them was the seven-strong ‘Sew Something’ Team, who walked for mum Elizabeth Greenfield who died in February 2019. Their fundraising efforts were kicked off by a collection at ‘Sew Something’ Storrington - the shop Elizabeth had run happily for so many years.
Daughter, Lorraine Coram said, “St Wilfrid’s gave my mum dignity and love at a time when she needed it most. It meant even at the very end, mum could be mum. As a family we want to raise as much as possible for other people to be able to have the dignity and love mum had at the end.”
With Spirit FM’s DJ Ian Crouch on the decks, walkers in tutu’s, cowboy hats and even a few Where’s Wally’s, all warmed up with Fitjoy ahead of the 10pm starting time, the target of raising £100,000 in their sights.
With over £65,000 already accumulated from processed donations and sponsorships, the event is sure to have gone a considerable distance in ensuring St Wilfrid’s can continue to serve the local community for many moons to come.
“We are so thrilled so many people young and old put on their walking boots to support for St Wilfrid’s Hospice,” said Alison Moorey, Chief Executive of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. “There was a wonderful spirit of togetherness as we remembered those we have loved and helped fund raise vital care for people who are terminally ill.”
You can still help the hospice reach their 2019 target of £100,000 with a donation at https://stwh.co.uk/donate-moonlightwalk.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice look forward to organising next year’s Moonlight Walk from their brand new Hospice in Bosham, which opens in July.
A farewell to Grosvenor Road drop in event at the current Living Well Centre will be hosted on Saturday 15 June, with public tours to the new Hospice at Bosham available by appointment only in August and September.
For details of these events and ways you can support St Wilfrid’s visit stwh.co.uk.