Thousands of walkers geared up over the weekend to take part in the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk for Ashgate Hospicecare.
The event, which is Chesterfield’s largest fundraising event, saw 3000 people walk 10km around Chesterfield on Saturday night, raising a phenomenal £187,000 for the local charity.
This year saw a record number of participants and 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 of the year before.
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to every single one of you that made our Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk 2019 such an incredible and heart-warming night!”
“To our Sparkle walkers, volunteers, sponsors, staff, photographers, entertainers, St John Ambulance and all the lovely local people who cheered us on (the list is endless) – you’re all amazing!”
“You all came together for the same cause and have pledged over £180,000 for the Hospice. We rely heavily on the generosity of local people and this amount of money will make a tremendous difference to the lives of our patients and their families. So, thank you. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of photos and videos over the next few days. Have a well-deserved rest! And see you in 2020.”
Several local entertainment companies and local businesses all added to the event with an array of performances and giveaways. There was also a memory wall where many walkers shared their reasons for walking, as well as decorating their T-shirts with photos and memories of their loved ones who they were walking in memory of.
Gill Sullivan, from Chesterfield in North Derbyshire, said: “This was the first time that I’ve done the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk but it will definitely not be the last. I had a fantastic time; the organisation was superb and the atmosphere electric. Big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the night.”
Helen Wheeler, from Bakewell in North Derbyshire, said: “I’ve been doing the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk for the last three years and this one was the best yet, I’ve already signed up for next years. I couldn’t believe how many people there were and how amazing the atmosphere was. There is nothing better than seeing a sea of pink bunny ears all coming together for such a worthwhile cause. Well done to all the organisers and volunteers.”
The money raised from the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk will go towards providing vital care across North Derbyshire. The Hospice provides its services free of charge to patients with a life-limiting illness, and extended support to patients’ families.
Anyone who wishes to view the photos from Saturday night’s event can visit the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SparkleNightWalk or to find out more about the services we provide, please visit http://www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/.
A thousand people have already registered to be a part of the 2020 Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk. You can still sign up at https://sparklenightwalk.org.uk/ for just £10. Next year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever!