‘Superstars’ in their hundreds from East Devon and Exeter helped raise more than £30,000 for Hospiscare by taking part in last month’s Twilight Walk.
The charity has revealed around 600 walkers from Exeter, East and Mid Devon took part in the annual walk, which because of Covid-19 restrictions had participants this year setting off from home instead of the traditional group event in Exmouth.
The charity said those taking part in the 2021 Twilight Walk, in mid-July, ‘came out in force’ to support Hospiscare.
Tori Vince, Hospiscare event manager, said: “Every one of our Twilight Walkers was an absolute superstar and I’m delighted to report that so far the event has raised more than £30,000 for our patient care and bereavement support.
“The money raised will enable us to continue to provide free end-of-life care and make a truly huge difference to local people facing terminal illnesses.
“We want to say a huge thank you to all the brilliant people who came out to support their local hospice and express our gratitude to our wonderful event sponsors, Jurassic Fibre.”
This year, participants were asked to walk a route local to them in their own groups of friends and family.
A party-themed Twilight Walk playlist was made available to download and following the walk, there was a special set by local musician Phil Smyth.
Traditionally, around 1000 people come together to walk a coastal route starting and finishing in Exmouth.
Lorraine Dolley, Hospiscare nurse, this year took part with friends and colleagues as part of her hen party celebrations.
She said: “Twilight Walk is always such a special and fun event. This year has been a really full-on year for everyone at the hospice and I thought, ‘what better way to get together with the girls, celebrate my hen do, and support the hospice at the same time?’.”
She added: “This year’s event theme was glitter and sparkle and that’s exactly what we did on the day – with the added bonus of helping to raise vital funds for our patient care.”
- To find out more about Hospiscare’s challenges, and how to take part, see here.