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A fabulous force of female fundraisers got behind Peace Hospice Care on June 21st when they stepped out together for the Starlight Walk.

Turning heads and raising smiles along the route, the near 900 strong group of girls marched out into the night sky through Watford town centre and on down Rickmansworth Road Watford Road and through Croxley Green making sure every footstep made a difference. 

Our walkers were committed and confident.  They were also pink, proud and determined to inject fun and laughter into the 6 or 13 mile route.  Some of them walked in memory of a loved one, others stepped up simply to show their backing for Peace Hospice Care.  Together, their passion to put on their trainers and walk will help towards the 4 million needed by Peace Hospice Care each year to run its services. 

One walker, Cheryl Roberts from Watford, was joined by her friends Jane and Christine as part of the Less Angels team. Cheryl who was carrying out her second Starlight Walk said 'My partner Les died in the Hospice after a stay of 16 days last year.  It was such a fantastic place and I wanted to give something back after having such an amazing experience in the Peace Hospice.  It was so peaceful, the staff were so lovely and they made us feel so welcome and at ease.  It was a very relaxing and calm place - it really was a lovely experience.

She added It was the aftercare that was so great at the Hospice.  They offered to help not just me but my wider family.  Its not like dying at a hospital where you don't get any of that extra help.  The follow up care has been fantastic.

There are other people who will need the Hospice's support in the future and I want to make sure that more people can continue to get the kind of care we received.  Thats why we're walking and raising money tonight!

Another team of four called the Starlight Bees from Rickmansworth Road were joined by this year's youngest walker, Rosie Burrows, who had just reached the minimum entry age of 11 the day before the Starlight Walk. She was joined by her Mum Vicky along with friends Angela and Madie Bollymore.  Vicky said 'We live locally and we wanted to do this event for our local charity. Were also walking in memory of my mother in law who died of cancer. 

Hospice Event Manager Pete Watson said It has been a very special night and quite overwhelming to see so many committed girls fundraising for Peace Hospice Care.  We really do want to thank every single walker volunteer and everyone involved in helping make this event a great success including our fantastic sponsors.  The money raised from the Starlight Walk will help us to continue providing the highest level of care for our patients and their families facing a life limiting illness from across South West Hertfordshire.

The event which began and finished outside Watford Colosseum was started this year for the first time by TV entertainer Brian Conley. It was the first time Brian had been involved in the Starlight Walk. 
 
Thank you to our brilliant sponsors: Imagine Stop the Train My Local News Warner Bros. Studios Watford Live SA Law Aero Medical Ambulance Service Watford Vibe 107.6FM, Citygate SAE Logistics and Barclays.

To view our photo gallery from the night visit our facebook page or visit twitter for all your uploaded pics and chat #starlightwalk2014

For more information on our forthcoming events programme visit our website

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