St John’s School, Marlborough is urging the local community to get behind an event in September to raise much-needed funds for Prospect Hospice. The Marlborough Starlight Walk, on the evening of Saturday 17 September, is in its second year, and takes ladies on a late-night 15km walk across the countryside in and around Marlborough.
The Starlight Walk will begin and end at the school on Granham Hill, and staff and students are keen to ensure the event is a success. “We have been promoting the walk with the students’ parents, through our newsletter and our regular email service,” says Kate Hunter, the school’s development officer. “When the Hospice approached, we were only too happy to say yes. The Hospice is a good local charity, and many of the students here will know someone who has been cared for either at the Hospice or by the Prospect Hospice team in the community, so this is the kind of project we are only too happy to support.”
Not wishing to miss out, the team from Pabulum, the school’s contract catering firm, will also be helping out on the night, either by taking part in the event or by helping to supply the welcome bacon rolls for participants after their late night trek.
According to Kate, it’s hoped that the support for the nightwalk will signal the start of an ongoing relationship with Prospect Hospice. “Many of the students are taking their International Baccalaureate and, as part of that, they must complete 150 hours of creativity, action or service,” she says. “Clearly by supporting the Marlborough Starlight Walk as participants, or through volunteering on the night, their hours of experience will go towards it,” says Kate.
Sheryl Crouch, Prospect’s head of fundraising, was eager to express her thanks to the school for their support. “We’re very grateful to St John’s School for all they are doing to make our Marlborough Starlight event a success,” she says.
“What we are really looking for now is for the ladies of Marlborough to step forward and get signed up. We had 170 ladies take part last year, who between them helped raise just over £15,000, which was a fantastic achievement. We’re really looking to repeat that success again this year, and so we are urging anyone who would like to take part in a walk under the stars for their local hospice to get registered with us as soon as possible.”
To register for the Marlborough Starlight Walk, visit: www.prospect-hospice.net/marlboroughstarlight or call 01793 816161.
Registration costs £15, and it is hoped walkers will raise sponsorship of at least £100.