Almost 200 people came together in Winchester to take part in our first ever Starlit Trail, and they're well on their way to raising £15,000 to help local families living with cancer.

Winchester MP and former cancer minister, Steve Brine, welcomed walkers to the Guildhall and spoke about why it is so important to support anyone living with cancer and how the power of community can change lives, before Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eleanor Bell, greeted them at the start line and sent them on their way via a starlit curtain held aloft by stilt walkers.

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As night descended and the stars shone over the City, walkers took a 5km route through Winchester's historic streets, enjoying entertainment along the way including a wishing tree, stilt walkers, trapeze act, hula hoopers, dance troupe, ukulele band, a harpist and choir. 

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Mary Mould, who walked with her two daughters and a close friend said it was a poignant 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 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! We all thoroughly enjoyed it.  

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Trethowans solicitors in Southgate Street, Winchester, was the lead sponsor for the event.