Starlight stroll for Leeds hospice

Nicola Cromack, Elaine Newell with her husband Steve, and Sasha Ingala.
Nicola Cromack, Elaine Newell with her husband Steve, and Sasha Ingala.
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Fundraisers are being urged to spend a night under the stars to help raise money for a Leeds hospice.

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is calling on fundraisers from across the city to take part in their annual Starlight Hike to raise thousands of pounds towards the cost of running the hospice.

The YEP-backed walk is due to take place in the picturesque grounds of Temple Newsam on September 26.

Among those throwing their support behind the fundraising 10k walk is Elaine Newell who knows only too well the vital support the hospice provides.

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Her treasured daughter Gemma was aged 32 when she died of cancer at the hospice just a few months before getting married.

Elaine, who took part in last year’s hike with friends and family, said: “We really enjoyed it, being together with friends and family and having a giggle all the way around.

“We had lots of laughs and talked about Gemma.

“We thought she would have been laughing at us as we did the walk.

“The atmosphere was amazing, being with lots of people who had been through the same thing as you and who were all raising money for the hospice.”

The hospice is looking to raise £1.8m in donations this year to continue to provide specialist care services.

And fundraisers are hoping this year’s Starlight Walk could raise around £35,000 towards its running costs.

To register for the walk and for more information visit www.sueryder.org/Care-centres/Hospices/Wheatfields, contact 0113 2033377 or email charlotte.stern@sueryder.org.