Record number take part in Ellenor's Twilight Walk
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 03 October 2018
DARRYL CURCHER PHOTOGRAPHY
A record number of people took part in a local charity's annual Twilight Walk this year.
An impressive 1,161 people joined the walk in aid of Ellenor, which provides vital hospice care to people of all ages.
Walkers flocked to cyclopark in Gravesend to participate in an evening of fun, celebration and remembrance.
People of all ages walked either an 8km or a 12km route, turning the streets of the town orange with the Twilight Walk t-shirts.
Many walkers also had written tributes on the back of the shirts, which made the evening all the more poignant.
Natasha Mcdiarmid warmed up the crowds and Gary Alexander, manager of Bostik League South East club and former Millwall striker, set the annual walk on its way, with the local community and passing cars honking their horns, cheering and supporting every step of the way.
Donations have poured in, with huge numbers of supporters remembering loved ones.
The charity is asking for all walkers to send in their sponsorship monies raised, and everyone who has collected more than £200 will receive an exclusive Ellenor water bottle.
Emma Bowles, Ellenor senior events fundraiser, said: “We would like to extend a huge thank you to our supporters, and also to our sponsors - it is only through their support that we can make a difference for seriously ill children and adults cared for by Ellenor.
“This event not only raises money for hospice care, but it also celebrates the lives of loved ones. We would like to thank everyone who supported this event.”
Participants also enjoyed some treats along the route, including popular chip and ice cream stops, before finishing at the cyclopark for a well-deserved hot chocolate and music to finish the night.
One walker, Mandy Sahota, said: “I have done this because I am local GP and I have had quite a few patients who have passed away.
“A friend of mine saw her last days at Ellenor’s hospice - I am doing this in aid of her.”
Anyone who would like to take part in an event for a loved one, or to arrange an event, is asked to visit www.ellenor.org/events for more information.