Mayor of Winchester urges local residents to support Starlit Trail


The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Patrick Cunningham, has urged local people to put their best foot forward and sign up for our Starlit Trail which returns to the City on Friday 2 October. The 5km sponsored socially-distanced walk is our first physical event since lockdown.     

At last year’s event – as night descended and the stars shone over the City, almost 200 people  walked through Winchester’s historic streets, enjoying entertainment and illuminated landmarks along the way. Together they raised £15,000 to help local families living with cancer. 

Cllr Patrick Cunningham, the Mayor of Winchester, said: 

“This is a time of hope and recovery, and Winchester – with its close knit community and iconic landmarks, is a fitting location to welcome Wessex Cancer Trust’s  first physical event since lockdown. I’m delighted it’s returning to the City. It’s been a particularly tough time for cancer patients and the charities who support them, but the constant has been how the power of community can change lives. Never has that been more important and I’d love to see local residents sign up to walk.”    


Mary Mould, who walked with her two daughters and a close friend, said it was a touching  evening:

“Last year we lost a special person to us all and we wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for this amazing charity. Cancer affects so many of us, and so it’s easy to relate to why it’s so important to support anyone who has to live with it. It was a wonderful event – a proper starlit evening, with lovely surprises along the way!”         


Catherine Lawry, Wessex Cancer Trust’s events fundraiser, says all the necessary measures will be in place to keep everyone safe: 

“There was such a lovely atmosphere at our first Starlit Trail last year and it was an evening full of positivity. After everything we’ve all been through this year we’re excited to see it return as a  physical event  – we think it’s something people really need at the moment and walking is great exercise. The rule of six will be fully adhered to, please join us for a wonderful evening walk and help make a difference to the lives of local people living with cancer.”       


Emma Wilders-Pratt from headline sponsors, Trethowans LLP, based in Winchester, says the company is very proud to be sponsoring the event:

“Most of our lives will be affected by cancer in some way, so as an organisation committed to helping our local community as well as acting for them we’re delighted to be sponsoring this event. The City centre is starting to spring into life again and it feels very meaningful to be sponsoring the Starlit Trail and everything it says about hope.”


The walk will start and finish at The Eclipse Inn, 25 The Square. Registration slots are available between 6pm and 8pm. Tickets are £15 per adult and £10 per child with a sponsorship goal of £100 per person. All participants will receive a Starlit Trail t-shirt and treats on the night.