Saturday night saw 580 people don their pink wigs, cowboy hats, feather boas, tiaras and special pink Moonlight Walk t shirts to walk the streets of St Helens and Knowsley to celebrate Willowbrook Hospice’s 10th annual Moonlight Walk.
Starting and finishing Willowbrook’s new building – The Living Well, walkers got in the mood with entertainment provided by DJ Terryoake, dancers from the Jan Williams Theatre School and the Anvil Street Drummers.
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 balloon release.
After a lively ‘glo-fit’ warm up led by Heatone Fitness and countdown from Willowbrook patron and BBC North West newsreader Roger Johnson, the walkers were off, taking on either a 12 km route or a ‘mini moonlight’ of 6km.
On their return, every walker received a well-earned Moonlight Walk medal, a brew and a bacon butty.
Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice said: “This year’s Moonlight Walk was extra special – not only because it was the ‘walk’s 10th anniversary but also because it’s the first time we’ve hosted the event from our new Living Well building. The atmosphere on the night was amazing and it was lovely to see so many people coming together to remember their loved ones and 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!”
Willowbrook Hospice has been open since 1997 and costs over £4million a year to run, the majority of which needs to be raised through the effort of the communities which it serves.
Diane Humphreys, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook would like to extend thanks to the following people and organisations for their generous help and support in making the event a success:
• Barrs Soft drinks
• Roger Johnson
• Jan Williams Theatre School
• Anvil Street Drummers
• Heatone Fitness
• St Helens Council
• Morrisons, Baxters Lane
• The Olive Grove
• Nijman Zeetank
• Phil Durrans and family