Arthur Rank Hospice Charity invites walkers to sparkle: date unveiled for Star Shine Stroll


Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is pleased to announce that registration has now opened for its ninth annual Star Shine Stroll, which will take place on Saturday 14 May.


The memory walk, kindly sponsored by Gibbs Denley Insurance Services, is an unusual sight to behold and a special event to be part of, as hundreds don pyjamas or fancy dress to walk the 6.5 or 10 mile route from Shelford Rugby Club into and out of Cambridge’s historic town centre.

Since the event began in 2008, it has raised an incredible £255,063. The number of people walkers has increased each year, with four hundred and one taking part in in 2015 raising £39,444.91 The Charity are encouraging more participants to join them this May, and help raise much needed funds to vital the specialist palliative care and end of life delivered at the Mill Road hospice and throughout Cambridgeshire.

The theme for 2016’s Star Shine Stroll is ‘shine & sparkle’ and it is hoped that those registering will adopt this with the same enthusiasm which resulted in pink feather boas, fluffy punk bunny ears and luminous cow boy hats making their way across the Backs and around the historic town centre with torches, as dusk fell last year.

Event Coordinator Tasha Auburn adds: “Every year we are blown away by the unique and special atmosphere which surrounds this event from start to finish. We’re looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces in 2016 and their ‘shine & sparkle’ outfits! Suggestions so far include glittery hats, sparkly deely-boppers and star shaped sun glasses, but just think ‘magpie’ and you’ll be on the right track!”  

She adds: “If you would like to get involved but don’t fancy the walk, we are also looking for volunteers to help with safety and refreshments, so please just get in touch.”  

Teams from Cambridgeshire’s business community – as well as more game men - are warmly invited to take part this year, joining the hundreds of women who join together to remember and celebrate someone they love.

All those who register to take part receive a registration pack with full details of the event and advice on raising sponsorship at time of booking and, a limited edition Star Shine Stroll 2016 t-shirt, a finisher’s medal and the all-important hot drink and bacon roll on the evening.

The registration fee for Star Shine Stroll is £15 and covers the cost of putting on the event, including goodies & refreshments, in order that all the funds raised through sponsorship can help us to reach the annual £2 million fundraising target which helps us to fund the care needed by in excess of 2000 patients and their loved ones each year.

Please visit call 01223 823115 to register.

If you would like to volunteer for support with event preparation, as a marshal or to help at the event with tasks such as registration, merchandise sales or catering, please call Tasha Auburn on 01223 723115.


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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.

We care for more than 4,100 patients each year at our Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run our services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. We have currently secured £6.98 million from the NHS, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. We are extremely grateful to our local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to meet this target.

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