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Saint Michael's Hospice magical "Twilight Walk"

Knares twilight

Published by Lizzy McEllan at 4:27pm 22nd February 2019. (Updated at 7:03am 2nd March 2019)

Described as a celebration of "light, life and love", the Twilight Walk for Saint Michael's Hospice takes place tonight

  • It's the annual Saint Michael's Twilight Walk in Knaresborough tonight
  • The 5k route gives walkers the opportunity to carry a lantern in memory of someone, leave a special message on trees, and light candles, before walking through a tunnel of twinkling lights

The event takes place in Knaresborough - with hundreds of walkers already signed up to support local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Volunteer and event coordinator Sandra Gilbert said:

“The Twilight Walk will be a very special occasion with hundreds of people of all ages coming together and carrying lanterns and torches through beautiful Knaresborough as the sun sets.”

The Twilight Walk, which starts and finishes at King James’s School, Knaresborough, will feature live music from local choir Northern Songbirds and offer participants the opportunity to remember someone special, make new memories or simply celebrate spring.

As well as the chance to carry a lantern in memory of someone and be part of a garden of light, walkers will have opportunities en route to place a special message on trees and light candles, before walking through a tunnel of twinkling lights.

Becky Fitzpatrick, from Boroughbridge, has signed up for the walk with friends, to pay tribute to her mum Sue Grainger, who was cared for at the hospice before her death two and a half years ago.

becky and mum
Becky Fitzpatrick (right) is walking in memory of her mum Sue Grainger (left), who was cared for by Saint Michael's before her death

Becky said:

“I went to school in Knaresborough and so when I saw this event, I thought it was the perfect way to remember my mum and support Saint Michael’s.

"Knaresborough is so beautiful to walk round so I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with my friends.

“I also wanted to support the hospice because my mum was looked after by them for several months and it became my second home.

"It is the best place in the world – every single person you come into contact with treated us with care and love.

“The hospice was somewhere I looked to going to and never felt like a hospice.

"I formed lovely relationships with the nurses and staff and it is somewhere I genuinely miss going.

"The hospice made an awful situation better and without it I don’t know what we would have done.”

As an independent local charity, Saint Michael’s relies upon the generous support of the community to fund the majority of its vital services.

Walkers are therefore encouraged to raise as much as possible through personal sponsorship, or may choose to make a donation instead.

Every pound raised will help Saint Michael’s continue its vital care.

A special keepsake lantern will be given as a thank you to those raising £100 or more in sponsorship.

To secure your place, sign up online at www.saintmichaelshospice.org,

Email events@saintmichaelshospice.org, or call (01423) 878 628.

On-the-day sign-up is subject to availability and those wishing to join are advised to arrive at the start point at King James’s School by 4.30pm.

Image credit: Knaresborough Photography

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