National healthcare charity Sue Ryder is calling on Leeds residents to pull on their trainers this October for a special 5k or 10k walk under the stars to celebrate the memory of loved ones.
Sue Ryder Starlight Hike Otley will take place on the evening of Saturday 8th October, starting at the historic Prince Henry’s Grammar School and following a scenic route along the River Wharfe and around the market town.
And it is hoped that hundreds of individuals, families and friends from the local community will come together to remember and pay tribute to loved ones who have died, raise funds and help Sue Ryder create a future where everyone has access to expert compassionate care and support at the end of their life or following a bereavement.
Registration begins at 5.30pm and a live DJ will build the atmosphere with feel-good singalong hits before a fun warm-up takes place. At 7pm walkers sporting fancy dress, flashing headwear and neon face paint will set out on a beautifully lit 5k or 10k route along the banks of the river, through the picturesque Wharfemeadows Park and around the beautiful town of Otley.
There will also be an opportunity for participants to place a poignant dedication during the event in honour of someone special to them.
Last year Sue Ryder provided over 830,000 hours of care to thousands of families across the country, including from its Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.
Michelle Darbyshire, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, said: “We really hope everyone will be able to join us at Sue Ryder Starlight Hike Otley, which is shaping up to be a fantastic evening of celebration and remembrance under the stars.
“Our specialist teams make all the difference at the end of someone’s life or following a bereavement, and by taking part in Sue Ryder Starlight Hike Otley you’ll be helping Sue Ryder to provide even more expert and compassionate care. The Sue Ryder teams work tirelessly to ensure that our patient’s symptoms and pain are managed so that the end of people’s lives can instead be filled with friendship, family and love in those final moments together.