Wheatfields Hospice will always have a special place in Rob Smith’s heart.
His stepfather Stuart Whitley spent his final days being cared for by the staff at the Headingley-based centre.
And to give something back he decided to lace up his walking shoes and don a Viking helmet during last year’s Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice Starlight Hike.
His team of ten raised over £1,000 to support the hospice’s vital work and now he is calling on more people to show their support and spend a night under the stars at the YEP-backed event.
Printer Rob, 35, said: “The amount of people taking part, and the amount of people that were doing the walk in memory of someone like us, made you realise just how many people Wheatfields care for.
“A simple walk is the least we could do and doesn’t even touch the surface of the unbelievable work the staff at Wheatfields does.”
Rob said that he was overwhelmed with the quality of care which his step father received.
This year, the hospice is inviting people to join them once again on their Starlight Hike in the picturesque grounds of Temple Newsam, in Leeds.
The walk which will take place on the September 26 is open to men, women, children and their dogs with the aim of raising £35,000 towards the cost of running the north Leeds hospice.
The hospice is looking to raise £1.8m in donations this year to help it to continue providing specialist care services to patients and their families.
To register for the walk, or to find out more information, visit www.sueryder.org/Care-centres/Hospices/Wheatfields, contact 0113 2033 377, or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.