Memories of loved ones live on at Moonlight Walk

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Nearly 1,000 people - including a a bride-to-be on her hen do - took to the streets of Preston for St Catherine’s Hospice’s Moonlight and Memories Walk.

The Saturday night walk signalled the start of the Hospice’s month-long 30th birthday celebrations and for the first time ever set off from the hospice’s Lostock Hall base as participants completed either an eight or 16-mile loop.

Joining in: Louise Berry (left) and Cheryl Marshall. PICTURES BY PAUL SIMPSON

Joining in: Louise Berry (left) and Cheryl Marshall. PICTURES BY PAUL SIMPSON

In total the walkers raised £83,132 in sponsorship from the event that celebrates the memories of lost loved-ones.

Norman Cutler, senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice and Moonlight and Memories Walk organiser, hailed the volunteers.

He said: “What an amazing night and what fantastic way to begin our month of 30th anniversary celebrations this June.

“To start and finish at the hospice for the first time made it extra special and really reminded everyone of why they were there.

“It was very emotional reading the tributes on people’s t-shirts and on our Memory Wall, where people posted dedications to the loved ones they were remembering on the night.

“There were all sorts of outfits and accessories on show – some with an ‘80s theme in a nod to our 30th anniversary - ­and the atmosphere was electric. We even had a bride-to-be celebrating her hen do.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who went the distance for St Catherine’s that night – we can only deliver the care we do thanks to the amazing support we receive at events like this.

“We are also extremely grateful to the volunteers who gave their time to ensure everything ran smoothly– including the Leyland Freemasons who stewarded part of the route. We simply wouldn’t be able to organise and host events like this without their help.”