Thousands raised for needy charity in moonlight walk

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AVID walkers donned their boots and dressed in their fundraising finest when they took to the streets at night, all in aid of charity.

Fun was had by all who took part in this year’s Skegness Moonlight Walk on Saturday which was in aid of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

Over £4,000 was pledged from 80 walkers on the night and this will be go towards helping to support the patients living in the Skegness area.

Chris Fox, organiser, said: “I can’t thank the walkers and helpers enough for their support. Even the weather was great!”

The annual Moonlight Walk is a chance for the community to give something back to St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice which helps many people living around the area.

The walk covered over 6 miles, following flat, well-lit pavements and started at 10.30pm and finished around 12.30am.

Walkers were welcomed at the finish point with much deserved refreshments and a medal to remember the night.

Every 24 hours of care in the St Barnabas, In Patient Unit, costs the charity £550 and one, Hospice at Home, visit costs the charity £117.

These costs are not charged to the patient or their families but are met through fundraising and funding partnerships.

St Barnabas Hospice has been working in the Skegness area for several years, providing a high level of support for people who have life threatening diseases, that are near to the end of their life.

Last year’s walks raised over £20,000 locally and almost £100,000 across the whole of Lincolnshire.

Chris added: “The money raised will go towards providing palliative care, free of charge to the people of East Lincolnshire, through our Inpatient Care, Day Hospice, Hospice at Home, Night Care and Family and Carers Support Service.

“We raise and spend over £1,000,000 a year on palliative care services for the people of East Lincolnshire, having a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of terminally ill patients and their families.

“In 2009/2010, our nurses and volunteers saw over 70 patients in our Day Care, over 200 patients were looked after in their home and our Welfare and Benefits team helped over 500 individuals and families with their personal issues.”

For further details about St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice visit: www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk