Sharon and team step out to be star turn for Leeds hospice

Sharon Horsley (second right) is pictured with her mum Rita Geldard and Tammy Simpson.
Sharon Horsley (second right) is pictured with her mum Rita Geldard and Tammy Simpson.
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Sharon Horsley and her team of Dizzy Dashers are set to hike under the stars.

The 42-year-old learning mentor from Morley will be one of hundreds setting out for a starlight walk around the grounds of Temple Newsam in memory of a loved one.

She will be joined by friends and work colleagues in memory of her step-dad Barry Higinson who was cared for by Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice.

Sharon took part in the YEP-backed Starlight Hike last year and is calling on fundraisers across the city to lace up their walking shoes this month.

She said: “I did the walk last year to raise money with a close friend of mine.

“This was the first year of losing my dad.

“It meant a lot to me to be doing something in his memory and with extra satisfaction that the money was going to such a good cause.”

And she praised the efforts of the staff at the Headingley-based hospice which helped to care for her step-father.

She added: “They treated my Dad with care and respect and looked after him like he was one of their own family members.

“They also cared and comforted us as a family talking us through everything that was happening and what they were doing.

“The facilities for the family are great and they try to make it home from home.

“The support and aftercare for the family is also exceptional.

“My mum made lots of new friends with people that were going through the same loss.

“They were able to share their feelings with each other as well as receiving counselling and pamper treatments.

“If you’re thinking of signing up to the Starlight Hike this year don’t hesitate just do it.

“It is such a magnificent feeling that you are taking part in such a fun evening under the stars to raise money for such a wonderful hospice.”

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.