St Catherine’s Hospice Moonlight and Memories walk returning to Lostock Hall

Posted on - 12th March, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Petra Grundy and Val Warry at the 2015 Moonlight and Memories Walk

Petra Grundy and Val Warry at the 2015 Moonlight and Memories Walk

Walking through the streets of Lostock Hall at midnight on a Saturday is not how most women spend their Saturday evening.


But for more than 1,000 in June it will be how they take on a ten-mile walking challenge to raise money for a Preston Hospice.

St Catherine’s Hospice runs the annual Moonlight and Memories Walk and now in its tenth year they are planning a celebration to help raise £100,000.

Petra Grundy, and her friend Val Warry, have done nine of the last ten walks. The event on Saturday 4 June will see Petra, 57, once again lacing up her trainers.

She said: “I remember I first heard aboutthe walk back in 2007 via a clipping from the newspaper – I thought it sounded like fun and a brilliant way to raise money for St Catherine’s, which is such a wonderful local charity.

“Val and I signed up and have never looked back! We always keep the first Saturday in June free and think of a different outfit or accessories we can wear to make it different from the

“We keep coming back because there is such a brilliant atmosphere on the night – everyone is chatting and laughing and comparing notes on their outfits.Even if you are there on your own, you’re made to feel so welcome.

“What’s really moving is seeing all the different messages on people’s T-shirts. They’re walking for mums, dads, grandmas, friends – all kinds of special people being remembered. The photos and messages remind you of why you’re there, and it’s really quite emotional. It’s good knowing you’re doing something so positive to remember them by.”

Related: Pictures from the 2015 Moonlight and Memories walk

Registration on the walk is £15 for adults and £10 for under-18s, there’s also a four-mile option for those who don’t fancy the full thing.

Norman Cutler senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s said: “”It’s really touching to hear how much Petra and Val get out of taking part in the event each

year, and we’re delighted that we’ll be welcoming them back again for the extra special 10th anniversary walk.

“We’ve got a bold target to work towards this year after a fantastic year in 2015 when more than 900 walkers raised nearly £95,000 – what an incredible achievement.

“Now, as we mark a decade of moonlight and memories, we’re asking people to round up their friends and family and sign up together to show their support. All the money you raise will be used to provide our specialised care for local people who need us. Every single penny helps us to raise the £5m we need each and every year to be able to deliver our services at the hospice, in the community and in people’s own homes.”

Anyone wanting to sign up can do so via the St Catherine’s website or by calling 01772629171.

Will you be taking on this year’s walk? Have you done it before? Let us know your views in the comments below

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