Local hospice announces Jake Quickenden as celebrity guest at Chesterfield’s biggest fundraising event

Ashgate Hospicecare, in Chesterfield, are pleased to announce that X factor star and winner of Dancing on Ice 2018, Jake Quickenden, will be the celebrity guest at this year’s Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk, Chesterfield’s biggest fundraising event, which will take place on July 7th.

The singer and reality TV star will be showing his support for our local hospice by performing on stage at the event to get the thousands of walkers warmed up and ready for the 10k walk ahead, which starts and finishes at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield.

Coming from a semi-professional footballing background, 29 year old Jake was a contestant on The X Factor in 2012, where he made it through to the judge’s houses, and again in 2014 when he got through to the live shows. Later in 2014, Jake entered the jungle on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! where he was a runner up. In 2018, he was the winner of Dancing on Ice where he was partnered with professional German figure skater Vanessa Bauer.

Jake said, “It’s such a privilege to support Ashgate Hospicecare. I lost both my dad and brother to cancer and can say that it makes such a difference to the lives of families to know that the people they love most in the world are being well looked after throughout such a horrible illness. I can’t wait to be part of Sparkle this year and I hope you all have a fantastic time and raise loads of money for such a worthy cause!”

This is Ashgate Hospicecare’s 4th Sparkle Night Walk since it was rebranded from the Midnight Walk. Last year, over 2,500 walkers with their pink t-shirts and flashing bunny ears walked together and raised an incredible £202,500 in sponsorships, which all helped towards providing hospice care to patients with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout North Derbyshire. This year, the Hospice are expecting over 3,000 walkers to sign up.

Jack Wood, Events, Lottery and Digital Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare said, “We’re incredibly excited to have Jake Quickenden on board and supporting the Sparkle Night Walk this year, especially considering Jake’s personal experience of cancer in his family, something that we understand very well here at the Hospice. We can’t wait to have him there, cheering us all on on the night.”

There’s still time to support your local hospice and join the fun! Sign up to the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk today by going to www. sparklenightwalk.org.uk or by calling the Events Team at Ashgate Hospicecare on 01246 233404. To find out more about volunteering at the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk, please speak to the Events Team or email events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk.

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