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Hundreds of women light up streets of Derby during Starlight Strut walk for local hospice

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 2nd July 2018

Hundreds of women light up streets of Derby during Starlight Strut walk for local hospice

Hundreds of women strutted their stuff through Derby city centre on Friday evening to raise money for a local charity.

It is anticipated that over £40,000 has been raised in sponsorship on the ladies-only Starlight Strut, now in its ninth year.

Treetops provides nursing care and emotional support for adults, their families and carers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

With a disco theme, Zumba warm up and entertainment from the Sing for your Supper Choir, the walkers were energised when they set off for the 5k and 10k walk starting at the University of Derby at 10pm.

This time was carefully chosen by the organisers, as it is the same time that Treetops Hospice at Home workers begin their shifts supporting patients in their homes.

Amongst those taking part was Emma Tyler, 39, from Long Eaton who took part in the walk to give something back to Treetops that supported both her parents.

Emma said: 'I've always been proud of supporting Treetops and it's always been a place that's special to us as my dad, Rob Wainwright, had MS and he went there for respite for quite a long time.

'My mum went to the Treetops carers' meetings and she got a lot out of going. She could relate to other people there and after my dad died she started volunteering on reception at the hospice.

Emma's mum, Lyn, from Draycott, died from cancer earlier this year.

She continued: 'My mum absolutely loved Treetops and spoke about it a lot. They rely so much on donations and you don't realise it. Treetops is our local community hospice and there's nothing else like it.

'It's been nice to be able to do something to say thank you for supporting our family and taking such good care of them.'

Mary Rose, Treetops senior community sand events fundraiser, was delighted with the success of the night.

She said: 'Our huge thanks to each and every one of the ladies who've come along tonight and supported us. 

'It's been a brilliant night and they've helped us raise an amazing amount of money for Treetops – thank you everyone!'

Those inspired by the sponsored event can now register for the Treetops Colour Rush taking place on Sunday 22 July at Markeaton Park.

Treetops services include support and information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.