Take a twilight stroll and be a charity star

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one big star met another when actress Gaynor Faye launched a major charity fundraiser for a Leeds hospice.

The Leeds-born Emmerdale actress is backing the 2013 Starlight Hike for Headingley’s Wheatfields Hospice.

She took a stroll around the Temple Newsam estate with the event’s official ‘star’ mascot yesterday to kick off the 2013 fundraiser.

The YEP-backed 10k twilight walk will take place at Temple Newsam Park on September 28, and Gaynor is urging mums, dads, siblings and grandparents to sign up together for the family-friendly walk. The aim is to raise £50,000.

“Wheatfields Hospice is a fantastic charity and they do a wonderful service,” Gaynor told the YEP. “This is just another amazing way to spend time with your family, to raise money, to raise awareness, and just enjoy yourself.”

The second annual Starlight Hike will kick off at the slightly earlier time of 10pm.

Participants will hike 10k through the picturesque grounds and woodland of the Tudor-Jacobean mansion.

The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice provides care for people with incurable illnesses like cancer, heart disease and renal failure.

This year, it will cost over £4m to run Wheatfields. With 47 per cent funded by the NHS, £2.1m still needs to be generated through donations and fundraising events.

Fundraiser Joseph Clark-Bland said: “Events like the Starlight Hike are crucial to our survival. Without them and the people who take part, we simply could not continue caring for people from across the Leeds community.”

Register online at www.sueryder.org/StarlightHike. The entry fee is £15 for adults, or free for under-16s. Yorkshire Evening Post readers can use the code ‘YEP’ when signing up online to get 2-for-1 entry.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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