Magical walk raises �10k for children's hospice

CHILDREN S Hospice South West supporters who took part in an emotional, magical and memorable sponsored walk have raised more than �10,000 for the charity. Nearly 140 people gathered on Barnstaple Square for the five-mile Starpath Memory Walk to Little Br

CHILDREN'S Hospice South West supporters who took part in an emotional, magical and memorable sponsored walk have raised more than �10,000 for the charity.

Nearly 140 people gathered on Barnstaple Square for the five-mile Starpath Memory Walk to Little Bridge House, the charity's children's hospice in Fremington.

Many had close personal connections with the hospice and on reaching Little Bridge House, were able to write messages to loved ones on specially decorated stars and place them in the Narnia sensory garden.

"Although the Starpath Memory Walk was quite emotional for many, it gave a chance for real healing to take place," said Emma Puckey, head of fund-raising.


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"It helps to knowing that they are not alone, and to also know that the money they are raising will help families with life-limited children here in the South West to get the support that they need."

Back at the hospice, weary walkers were offered relaxing foot massages and freshly cooked food and were also able to enjoy a performance of "Playground in the Sky", a composition written by local entertainer Steve Laister to raise funds for the charity.

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Professional story teller David Heathfield brought stories to life in the magical Narnia garden, decorated with candles and hanging lanterns to create a magical atmosphere.

The money raised will go towards funding a specialist nurse at Little Bridge House for one year.

Emma added: "It was an amazing evening. There are so many people that worked hard to make this event a success, and I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who took part; we're all looking forward to Starpath 2010."

If you would like to take part in the Starpath Memory Walk next year please e-mail starpath@chsw.org.uk or call (01271) 325270.

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