Cousins to walk beneath the stars to remember special mum and aunt
Cousins preparing to walk beneath the stars in memory of their special mum and aunt are encouraging others to join them in this year’s Moonlight Walk.
Milli Sales (32) and Molly Smallcombe (22) will be among those taking part in the popular event on Saturday 17th June to raise funds for Hospice in the Weald.
Walking in memory of Milli’s lovely mum Tess, cared for at the Hospice before her death in 2019, aged just 57, the pair will be sharing memories and creating new ones as they join hundreds of others to light up the streets of Sevenoaks and Knole Park.
Hospice in the Weald ensures those facing terminal illness and their loved ones living in East Sussex and west Kent receive free care and support. The Hospice offers inpatient care at its pioneering Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes and in Pembury, in addition to outreach care and a Living Well Centre.
Molly said: “Myself and Milli are going to be walking 13 miles at Moonlight Walk. Hospice in the Weald gave my auntie Tess (Milli’s mum) amazing end of life care towards the end of her cancer treatment and supported our whole family throughout a very difficult time. My boyfriend’s mum and one of my best friends both work at the Hospice doing a fantastic job and we want to do all we can to support them. Both myself and Mill have been working on our fitness and are excited to have this goal to work towards. We urge others to take part for this fantastic cause too – bring on the glitter and laughs! We’ve already raised more than £500 and all donations are greatly appreciated.”
With new routes and a glass of bubbly to add extra sparkle at the finish line, this year’s Moonlight Walk promises to have something for all. Participants are invited to wear their most colourful clothes and can walk the classic eight-miles, challenge themselves to a new 13-mile route or ease in with a new four-mile walk. Those walking in memory of someone special are given stars to wear to add to a candle-lit memory wall at the end of the Walk.
Jesse Ansbro-Brett, Hospice Relationship Fundraising Manager, said: “Whether you wish to celebrate the life of someone special or fancy the challenge of walking under the stars in beautiful surroundings, there’s something for everyone this year. The wonderful Freddie Green and Family Charitable Foundation is offering to match every pound raised this year, in memory of Jo Green, who passed away in June 2021 at the Hospice. That means if you raise £50, we receive £100 towards our vital hospice care.
“Milli and Molly know the difference that Hospice in the Weald makes to those facing terminal illness and their families, and we hope many more locals will support us by signing up for an unforgettable night.”
Independent from the NHS, the Hospice needs to raise over £8 million to provide vital care.
Registration is £20 for adults and £10 for children. For full details please visit the Events section at hospiceintheweald.org.uk