HUNDREDS of people took to the streets of Chichester for this year’s Moonlight Walk.
Undeterred by the wind, rain and cold, more than 600 people wrapped up warm and got their walking boots on to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
“We all do it for personal reasons,” said Fiona Sayce, headteacher at Rumboldswhyke CE Infant School in Chichester, and one fifth of ‘Rumbold’s Ramblers’.
Fiona was walking with Georgina Jolly, Amanda Enticknap, Kirsty Cass and Saskia Hooper.
The group have already raised hundreds of pounds individually and thanks to generous donations from parents at the school.
“We’re all fit young chaps, but going for the five mile walk,” added Fiona.
“Saskia’s mother in law was cared for at the hospice, so too was Amanda’s father, and a parent of one of our pupils. It’s a great cause.”
Of the hundreds taking part, some had attended training courses at St Wilfrid’s, were doing it in memory of a loved one, or were simply there to support friends, like Zara Bampton, who went along with pet dog Patch to support the other four ‘Marilyn’s Marauders’.
Friends Claudia Smith, Laura Greenfield, Trudi Moller, Tracy Beacher, Debbie Marsh, Chloe Brooks and Caz Martin, who works at St Wilfrid’s, all took part in memory of a loved one who had been cared for at the Chichester hospice.
Claudia did the walk in memory of her mother, Laura for her grandad, Trudi for her grandmother, Tracy, Debbie and Chloe did it for Mick Brooks, and Caz did the walk in memory of her grandad.
Communications officer at St Wilfrid’s, Claire Hawkin, was delighted with the turn-out on the night.
“It’s really great, and up on last year,” she said.
“We have done a few things differently, including the memory tree for people to write on, our flashing water bottles, and a fantastic performance from the Regis Troopers.
“This is an opportunity for people to support the hospice. It’s a very moving event. Big thanks must go to our volunteers and cadets from the Chichester Air Training Corp.”
This year’s Moonlight Walk started at the earlier time of 10pm and had a five mile or ten mile route for participants. For more about St Wilfrid’s Hospice visit www.stwh.co.uk