Families urged to join Barnsley's first lantern walk

26 September 2018

Families are being urged to join the first ever lantern walk to raise money for Barnsley Hospice.

The sponsored one-mile walk will take place in Locke Park on October 28 and will be led by a local samba band. Halloween-themed merchandise, and food and drink, will be available, and fancy dress and trick or treating will be encouraged. There will also be rides, arts and crafts, music, and pumpkin carving, and event will finish with a firework display.

Entry to the walk is £8 per person or £25 per family of four. Entry includes a lantern, goody bag and fundraising pack.

Martyn Hughes, events fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “This is the first time we have organised a lantern walk and I am sure it will become a fixture of our fundraising calendar.

“As well as having a fun afternoon out with the family, people will be able to raise money for a cause that is close to the hearts of many.

“We would love families to join us to celebrate the life of a loved one, walk to support patient care, or simply be part of something special together as a family.”

Participants can arrive from 3:30pm and the walk will end at 6:30pm with a mini firework display. Little walkers who raise £50 of more in sponsorship will be rewarded with a special Hospice Hero medal and certificate.

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.

The charity has to raise £2.2m a year, on top of the £1.6m it gets from the NHS.

To book your place on the walk, call 01226 244244 or go to www.barnsleyhospice.org.

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows Martyn Hughes.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to www.barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244244.

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