Wessex Cancer Trust’s Starlit Trail – our first physical event since lockdown, returns to Winchester on Friday 2 October. We’d love you to sign up for the sponsored 5km socially-distanced walk to support local people living with cancer.
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.
Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, said:
“Hope and recovery are very much a part of the support this amazing charity provides and so the return of the Starlit Trail is poignant as we ease out of lockdown. It’s been a particularly tough time for cancer patients and the charities who support them, but what’s remained constant is how the power of communities can change lives. It’s fantastic that Wessex Cancer Trust is hosting physical events again and that they’re bringing the feelgood factor to Winchester. Its Starlit Trail was a huge success last year, so please join them if you can.”
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. 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 they are 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 the 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 poignant to be sponsoring the Starlit Trail and everything it says about hope”.
The walk will start and finish in Winchester city centre. 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.