Hundreds turn out for record twilight walk to raise money for ellenor
PUBLISHED: 13:24 20 September 2017
More than 700 people took part in the walk last week
The streets of Gravesend were turned orange last week as hundreds of people took part in a twilight walk for ellenor hospice.
Undeterred by the cold and rain, fundraisers of all ages donned orange tops for the charity to walk either an 8km or 12km route.
With 741 people taking part, this year’s twilight walk has been the hospice’s most popular, and is thought to have raised around £40,000.
Walkers had written tributes on the back of their t-shirts to loved ones who had been treated by the hospice, which provides end of life care to people of all ages in north Kent.
Former EastEnders actress and ellenor patron Cheryl Fergison cheered on walkers as they set off from Gravesend’s Cyclopark.
She said: “I loved being part of this year’s twilight walk, I met lots of people walking in memory and celebration of loved ones cared for by ellenor. I am so proud to be a patron of ellenor, events like this are key in raising money to support local families facing terminal illness.”
Rachel Holweger, director of income generation at ellenor. “Reading the messages on the backs of walkers t-shirts was very moving. We hope this event as well as raising money for local families facing terminal illness, enables families and friends to create some special memories.”