Fundraisers show their star quality in Leeds

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You’re a record-breaking bunch – that was today’s message to walkers who stepped out in style in Leeds to support Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

A total of 260 people tackled this year’s Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Starlight Hike fundraiser in the grounds of Temple Newsam House last night.

It is hoped their efforts will raise as much as £30,000 for the invaluable work of the Headingley-based hospice.

And today organisers praised all those who gave up their evening to help deliver what was a best-ever turnout for the annual event.

Senior hospice fundraiser Charlotte Stern said: “We were delighted that so many people joined us for the Wheatfields Starlight Hike.

“It was great to see all the fancy dress, including Wonder Woman and Batgirl, two onesie rabbits and lots of people in pyjamas.

“Thank you to everyone who shared their stories of why they were walking, many in memory of friends or family members.

“With your help we can raise £30,000 to ensure the doors of Wheatfields are open to those who need our incredible care at what can be the most difficult time of their lives.

“A huge thank you to everyone volunteering, playing music, making breakfast or making sure we had light round the route, we couldn’t do it without you. You all made it a night we won’t forget.”

The walk got under way at 10pm, with most of the participants finishing the 10km course by midnight.

Those taking part included Mark Varley, who works for a firm called Leeds Alternative Travel that provides transport services for the hospice.

He said: “It was a great event to be involved with, there was a real collective camaraderie amongst us all.”

The field also included Jo Donley, from Wortley, whose late husband, Matthew, received care at Wheatfields before his death from a brain tumour in June at the age of just 32.