Monday, 27 September 2021

Sue Ryder Starlight walkers shine

ALMOST 100 people took part in a sponsored 10km walk in aid of Sue Ryder on Saturday.

The Starlight Hike began at the charity’s hospice in Nettlebed and followed a circular route through the woods around Highmoor. There was also a 3km route for younger children and less experienced walkers.

Each participant was given free flapjacks, apples, sweets and bottles of water.

Some wore fancy dress with costumes including animals and characters from Scooby Doo.

Before setting off, the walkers took part in a warm-up session with salsa teacher Jennifer Benavidez, from Shiplake, that included dance routines, clapping and shaking of hips.

Actor Simon Williams, who lives in Bix and was taking part, then gave a short motivational speech.

He said: “Every step of the way, let us never forget the reason why we are doing this. We are raising money for an excellent cause.”

At the finish, the walkers took part in a belly-dancing workshop led by Natasha Bradley, from Windsor, and each one was given a goodie bag containing toiletries and snacks.

The Starlight Hike used to take place at Green Park in Reading and was being held at the hospice for the first time.

It will be held there again next year and there are plans to launch a different event in Reading.

The proceeds have not yet been counted as the walkers are still raising money online.

Pru Sly, regional fund-raiser for Sue Ryder, said: “It was a brilliant afternoon and we were incredibly pleased with how it went. It had a great buzz and lots of people have told us that they really enjoyed it.

“Some people managed to complete the full course in under an hour-and-a-half so they must have really powered on through.

“Everybody was quite tired at the end but I was impressed at how they threw themselves into the spirit of the belly dancing.

“It was quite different from when it was at Green Park but based on the excellent feedback we expect to double our entries next time.”

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