Chesterfield's Ashgate Hospicecare reveals details of this year's very different Sparkle Night Walk

Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospicecare has revealed this year’s Sparkle Night Walk will be a virtual event because of coronavirus.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 3:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 4:56 pm

Thousands of people were set to take part in the annual night walk, Chesterfield’s biggest fundraising event, but it was cancelled amid the pandemic.

However, ‘Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night 2020’ will go ahead on Saturday, September 19 and organisers say residents’ support is more important than ever.

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Pictured at the Sparkle Night Walk 2019 are Callan Fowler, Lorna Purser, Jill Ellison and Maxine Brocklehurst.

Carl Jones, fundraising manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “We know that the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk is a hugely important date in the diary for thousands of our fundraisers and volunteers.

“For it not to go ahead in the usual way is disappointing for everyone. That’s why we’ve decided to launch Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night to ensure North Derbyshire can still come together in a safe and responsible way to raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospicecare.

“By walking, running, cycling or dancing in your bunny ears and special edition t-shirt from 8pm on Saturday, September 19, 2020, you’ll be a part of a unique virtual event unlike any other – and the difference it will make to local people living with a life-limiting illness and their families will be huge.

“Last year, more than 3,000 people came together to raise over £263,000 and we need your support again this year more than ever before to ensure Ashgate Hospicecare is here for the future.

“Please sign up now, choose a challenge involving walking, running, cycling or dancing and join us on Facebook to party from 7pm - because together, we sparkle.”

The hospice says there will be some ‘special surprises in store’ and younger children and pets will be able to get involved this year for the first time in the virtual event.

Hospice staff have had to transform the way they provide their care during the Covid-19 pandemic, in the most difficult of circumstances, and need your support more than ever.

For more details and to sign up for this year’s Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night, click here.

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