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Hundreds take part in Moonlit Walk

Moonlit Walk 2009
Moonlit Walk 2009

by Mary Graham


Walkers powered their way through a 10-mile course to raise £120,000 for the Heart of Kent Hospice.

Organisers have described the number of entries to the third annual Moonlit Walk as "astounding" – 950 women signed up for the event.

The walk began on Saturday at 10pm, starting at the David Lloyd health club in Kings Hill and finishing at the hospice, at Preston Hall, Aylesford.

The £120,000 raised could buy one of the following:

It costs £3million a year to run the hospice.

Jennie Hubbard, from the hospice, said: "The 950 women undertook a considerable challenge by walking 10 miles to support their local hospice.

"We called this year’s event the Night of a Thousand Stars and our stars were our walkers whose efforts will bring light and hope to the patients and their families, whom we care for."

Mrs Hubbard paid thanks to everyone who helped on the night from volunteers, Mandy Ellen, the Hot Honeyz dance troupe, David Lloyd centre, plus Cllr Sue Murray, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, and Helen Grant, prospective parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald.

While it was strictly women-only completing the walk, one man who watched their efforts was moved to email our newsdesk.

Colin White wrote: "Well done to all the ladies who took part. Their spirit and cheerful faces were a joy and a true inspiration."

  • For more pictures, see the Kent Messenger, out July 10.
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