Leeds couple in night-time hike in memory of grandfather

Entries are now open for the Leeds Starlight Hike 2014.
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A LEEDS couple is calling on locals to lace up their trainers and take part in a night-time charity walk.

The YEP-backed Leeds Starlight Hike raises much-needed money for Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.

Paul Swinfen and wife Becca took part in the walk last year in memory of Becca’s grandfather, Roy, who developed a terminal brain tumour and was cared for by hospice nurses at his home in Horsforth.

Paul said: “Taking part in the Starlight Hike was a great way to raise funds and say thank you to the community nurses at Wheatfields Hospice.

“The level of support for Roy and respite care for his wife, Barbara, and the rest of the family was outstanding.

“The respite support included the nurses coming in overnight so the family could get some sleep as well as coming throughout the day to keep him comfortable.

“Sadly, Roy passed away in February 2013 but it allowed him to pass away with dignity at home and surrounded by his family.”

Paul and Becca raised over £600 by taking part in the Starlight Hike event, which could cover the cost of a nurse in the community for four days.

He added: “We would encourage other people to get involved because it was a fantastic experience walking under the stars through the grounds of Temple Newsam, especially as parts of the route had been lit with a multitude of lights.

“Not being marathon runners it was a perfect opportunity take part in a sporting event knowing that we had helped raise money for this worthwhile cause.”

More than 400 people are expected to take part in the Leeds Starlight Hike 2014 on September 27.

Fundraiser Georgina Abbott said: “It’s a great way to spend time with your family and friends. You’re keeping fit – but you are also doing something wonderful for charity.

“We couldn’t keep the doors of Wheatfields Hospice open were it not for events like this.”

Take part in night-time walk

The Leeds Starlight Hike 2014 aims to raise £30,000 for Wheatfields Hospice, and is open to adults, children and their pet dogs.

The event opens at 8.30pm on September 27, with stage entertainments.

Walkers will then set off at 10pm and follow a route covering 10k of landscaped gardens and parkland at the historic Temple Newsam estate.

The night ends at around midnight when participants will receive a bacon butty and goodie bag.

To take part or for more information, visit the website at www.sueryder.org/StarlightHike.

Entry is £15 for adults or free for anyone under the age of 16.

Participants are asked to raise sponsorship money for the hospice.

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