Lantern Walk lights up Rutland hospice
Up to 100 people got together to take part in a sponsored lantern walk for a leading Rutland hospice.
Scores of adults and children gathered at Oakham Castle on Saturday evening to raise much-needed funds for Dove Cottage day hospice.
The big-hearted army of volunteers were given a rousing send-off by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, before heading off on the trek around Oakham.
Georgina Steward, marketing co-ordinator at the 22-year-old hospice, said: "We've raised about £1,500 from the event so we are delighted with how it went.
"We got off to a very grand start at the castle and it was lovely to have the Lord Lieutenant here to help inspire the walkers.
"Everyone who took part had their own story and their own memories.
"One five-year-old boy who walked was doing it for his grandma who he had lost just two weeks before so it was very poignant for him."
She added: "We look after about 120 day guests a week at our two centres in Stathern and Ridlington.
"We bring people in and they love to engage in our activities such as yoga and quizes while mingling, socialising and enjoying a good lunch.
"It costs us about £450,000 a year to run the two units so we are constantly staging fund-raising events because we need every penny we can generate."