Thousands of walkers geared up over the weekend to take part in the Markovitz Showroom Sparkle Night Walk for Ashgate Hospicecare. The event, which is now recognised as Chesterfield’s largest, saw over 2,563 people walk 10km around Chesterfield on Saturday night, raising an unbelievable £202,500 for the local charity.
Organisers from Ashgate Hospicecare, alongside hundreds of volunteers, rallied together to ensure the annual walking event, which has become a significant fixture in the local calendar, ran smoothly and exceeded the thrill and sparkle it did the year before.
Maggie Harrison, from Alfreton in Derbyshire, said, “I have never done the night walk before but I will now make it an annual event. (Excuse the pun but) it was a very moving experience. Beautiful!”
Eileen Lowe, from Matlock in Derbyshire, said, “What an amazing night. Walking down the bypass was surreal, the atmosphere was electric. Thanks to all the volunteers & public who cheered us on. Such a worthwhile cause!”
David Hopkins, CEO at Markovitz, said, “As a local family business, Markovitz was delighted to be the main sponsor of the Ashgate Hospicecare Sparkle Night Walk.”
“The atmosphere at the event itself was great; it was fantastic to see so many people supporting such a worthy cause, and the total amount raised was an amazing achievement by all who took part.”
“We were proud to be associated with such a well-run event, congratulations to all involved!”
A number of local entertainment companies and local businesses all added to the event with an array of performances and giveaways, making the whole event a night to remember and one to go down in the history books.
Ruby Pearce, from Britain’s Got Talent’s Perfect Pitch, shared some amazing words for her aunty, Julie Colton, who was cared for by Ashgate Hospicecare. She said, “Thank you so much for caring for my aunty. I am really proud of absolutely everybody out there. Thank you and good luck!”
Events Fundraiser, Charlotte Gratton from Ashgate Hospicecare, said “The event was absolutely amazing. To see everyone so excited and having such a great time whilst raising £202,500 for patients and their families in North Derbyshire made everything worthwhile.”
Nicki Dee, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, said, “An amazing night for an amazing cause. It was a very emotional night with lots of laughs along the way.”
The money raised from the Sparkle Night Walk will go towards providing vital care across North Derbyshire and the High Peak and Dales. The Hospice provides its services free of charge to patients with any life limiting illness, and extended support to patients’ families.
Anyone who wishes to view the photos from Saturday night’s event can visit the hospices Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ashgatehospice/ or too find out more about the service we provide please visit http://www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/.