Over 1000 people gathered outside 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 5th May marked the 10th anniversary of the Moonlight Walk, and the record crowd and dazzling entertainment insured the memories made on the night will be cherished for many years to come.
Walking to remember those you love, walking to have fun, walking to show you care...
With Spirit FM’s DJ Ian Crouch on the decks, walkers danced and chatted ahead of the 10pm starting time, the target of raising £100,000 in their sights.
After leaving messages to loved ones on the remembrance tree, the walkers set off smiles beaming to the soft sound of love songs coming from Amy Fuller and All That Malarky at the nearby Moonlight Serenade station.
Reaching Broyle road, the walkers were guided along the Starlight Walk by a canopy of stars glistening above them. A troupe of stilt walkers, jugglers and fire breathers joined them to cast their own magic on proceedings.
We're so thrilled so many people young and old turned out to support 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. Local people are what make this event and the Hospice so special.
Check out just some of the entertainment in the gallery:
Alongside film of the original moon landing as presented by Patrick Moore, walkers who reached the Man in the Moon station of the 10 mile route were waved on by Nikki in her show globe, cheered by our two resident Spacemen, and even grabbed a selfie with a Dalek!
Many were over the moon to see Chichester’s’ own Major Tim Peake, as his image and message of support to the walkers was projected over 15 feet high at this ‘Man on the Moon’ themed station.
Tim’s gesture followed similar messages of support from stars in the run up including Chichester-born singer-songwriter, Tom Odell, thespian Zoe Wannamaker, Queen legend, Brian May and TV presenter, Charlotte Hawkins and fellow Strictly star, Danny Mac, whose mother is a nurse at St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
In Tim Peake’s message, he said:
“Good luck to everyone taking part in the 10th Anniversary of the Moonlight Walk for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. If you get the chance at about ten past four look up, the ISS will be passing over!”
Messages of support from celebrity friends:
A Flickr album full of photos of all the entertainment, walking and volunteering action is now available at www.flickr.com/photos/stwh/albums.
With over £90,000 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.
As we near the fund raising finishing line we remind all families and friends they can still help the hospice reach our 2018 target of £100,000 with a donation large or small at stwh.co.uk/donate-moonlightwalk.
After walking in the moonlight perhaps you are after a sun soaked obstacle course challenge?
Linda Worsfold, from Chichester, has completed the walk no less than eight times now! Firstly in memory of her mum and then later with her daughter in memory of her late husband who died at the Hospice four years ago.
You can read more about Linda's story here
Vicky Ell from Aldwick has two 10-mile Moonlight Walks under her belt and for the past six years has volunteered as a Marshall on the route.
You can read more about Vicky here
Sally Austin, MD at Spirit FM, joined us on the very first Moonlight Walk back in 2008. Many thanks to Sally and Spirit FM for their continued support over the years!
Please click here for a full list of all the wonderful supporters we had this year helping to make these magical events possible.