Over 550 people had a ‘splashing time’ as they took to the streets of St Helens and Knowsley as part of Willowbrook Hospice’s annual Moonlight Colour Walk on Saturday 8th June.
Many of those taking part in the walk have had first-hand experience of the hospice, with either friends or family having being cared for at one time or another.
Just before the start of the walk, the sky turned into a sea of pink as people remembered and celebrated the lives of their loved one with a special balloon release. Following a countdown from Willowbrook’s Fundraising Manager, Nichola Saunders, the walkers were off with many choosing to take part in a special colour splash before taking on either the original 10 km route or a ‘mini moonlight’ of 6km.
On their return, every walker received a well-earned Moonlight Walk medal and refreshments.
Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice said: “This year’s Moonlight Walk was amazing and it was lovely to see so many people coming together to remember their loved ones and to help raise much needed funds to ensure that we as a hospice can continue to care and support our patients and their families.
“On behalf of Willowbrook I’d like to thank every single person who was involved with the event, whether as a walker, a steward or a volunteer!
“We’d also like to thank everyone who supported the event either through sponsorship, donations of refreshments for our walkers or by providing the pre-walk entertainment.
“We’re so lucky at Willowbrook to have such fantastic support from our local community – we couldn’t do what we do without their help”
Willowbrook Hospice has been open since 1997 and costs almost £5million a year to run, the majority of which needs to be raised through the effort of the communities which it serves.
For more information on how you can support Willowbrook Hospice, whether it’s taking part in one of the hospice’s events, organising your own event, volunteering or donating, please visit www.willowbrook.org.uk or ring 01744 453798.