The 2020 Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk is set to be even bigger and better and Ashgate Hospicecare wants you to be a part of it, for just £10, on Saturday 11th July.
Last year’s event raised over £263,000 for patients and their families across North Derbyshire. This total is already set to be exceeded, with over 1,600 people signed up for this year’s event.
Steven Collis, from Chesterfield in North Derbyshire, experienced hospice care first-hand when his father sadly died when he was just 14 years old.
Steven said: “My dad was a very strong, fit man who was a Police Inspector for Chesterfield. He was diagnosed with cancer for the first time at age 43 – bowel cancer – and went through treatment to remove it. But then at 48, unfortunately, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
“The first time I came to visit him was my first experience of a hospice. I remember that we were always greeted with a smile and the staff would always ask us how we were. It felt a bit strange at the time that the staff weren’t solely focused on my dad, but it was really nice that they cared for us too and helped me to feel better about everything that was going on. I remember one of the nurses talking to me about school and talking to my sister about her job. They made things feel normal for us.
“As dad started to reach the end of his life, he came back into the hospice and this time he was given his own room. That made a huge difference. I used to come straight from school to the hospice on my own and the staff didn’t bat an eyelid, they just welcomed me in and were really supportive. I never felt like an inconvenience and I was never treated like a child. When I would walk into his room, it felt like his own room. It didn’t feel medical at all.
“One of my fondest memories of when dad was staying on the ward at Ashgate Hospicecare was when he realised he’d never taught me to shave. So, we got two chairs in front of the mirror in his room and he sat there and taught me how to shave. It was so special to me that we were able to do that and now I have that lovely memory.
“Dad died on the ward, where he wanted to be, on the 22nd June 1994. Since then, we’ve all done our bit to raise money for the hospice. This will be my second time doing the walk and I’m very excited!
“It is hard to describe the atmosphere at the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk – such a great buzz from the entertainers and seeing the parade of pink bunny ears down the bypass is something you cannot forget! It is also quite beautiful hearing people’s stories of the memories they have of their loved ones.”
Registration for the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk 2020 on Saturday 11th July is now open. If you register before 14th April you will receive our Early Bird Discount, reducing entry to JUST £10 per person. You can enter online at https://sparklenightwalk.org.uk/ or by phoning the Events Team on 01246 567250.