Ladies in pink raise over £40k in moonlight Lincoln charity walk

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Some 600 ladies in pink raised over £40,000 by taking part in the 10th Moonlight Walk fundraiser in Lincoln – all for the St. Barnabas Hospice charity.

Everyone involved dressed in pink with light-up accessories, and walked in support of 9,000 people a year who live with life-limiting conditions around Lincolnshire.

The walk began at the Yarborough Leisure Centre at 10pm on Saturday- after a fun warm-up to some girl power favourites – and raised a total of £40,000.

The Event Fundraiser for St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, Laura Stones, said “We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone that walked through the night to raise money for St. Barnabas.”

The charity has to raise £5.5m each year to provide the free, high-quality end-of-life care that many of the walkers are familiar with through personal connections to the St. Barnabas Hospice service, such as Vanessa Rushby, 47, from Lincoln, who walked in loving memory of her mum.

She added: “It is a real honour to raise money in my mum’s memory,” before praising St. Barnabas, “The care Mum received at St. Barnabas was simply amazing, I can’t fault it… they really took the time to look after the whole family.”

Another walker, Judy Kent, 54, from Bicester, also praised the charity, by explaining that her dad’s care “was wonderful and he was always treated with dignity and respect.”

“It was dad’s wish to die in St. Barnabas with his girls around him and because of St. Barnabas his final wish was fulfilled. I still remember how the nurses lit a candle when he died, such a simple thing to do but something so poignant and calming,” she continued.

Laura Stones also said: “We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening and gone to bed knowing what a huge difference they have made to the lives of hundreds of families across Lincolnshire.”