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All the photo action from Stamford's Moonlight Walk

A popular Moonlight Walk hosted by St Barnabas Hospice was held in Stamford this year for the first time.

Now in its 11th year, the Moonlight Walk was open to all Lincolnshire residents and took place at the Borderville Sports Centre in Ryhall Road on Saturday (September 15).

Although the Moonlight Walk used to be ‘ladies only’, this year St Barnabas opened it to all.

The walk is a flagship event for the Lincolnshire-based charity, and featured a 10km route around Stamford.

Amelia Mochan, event fundraiser for St Barnabas, said the event had been hugely successful with more than 400 people taking part.

"This was the first time we held the walk in Stamford," she said.

"We have held 11 in Lincoln before but wanted to increase awareness of our services as we do a lot of care and support work in Stamford."

In addition to attracting the large number of participants, Amelia said they had also signed up 50 new volunteers from Stamford.

"We'll definitely hold it again next year, although may change the date to June when its lighter later in the evening.

"However, the weather on Saturday was perfect - it was warm and not windy and we couldn't have asked for better."

She said they had received a lot of positive feedback from the event.

"Everyone had such a good time and we've had such positive comments across social media," said Amelia.

Entertainment on the evening included live performances from three New College Stamford bands while Rob Persani from Rutland Radio got everyone ready and there was the chance to get glittered up by Beauty Boulevard.

Registration opened at 8pm and participants were able to take part in an entertaining warm-up led by Wildcats Theatre School.

There was also opportunity to purchase merchandise, have professional photos taken and face painting before the walk began.

All entrants received a free event T-shirt and finishers’ medal along with a bacon, sausage or veggie bap and hot drink once the walk had finished.

Money raised from the event will go directly towards the care and support of more than 9,000 people with a life limiting or terminal illness and their families.

St Barnabas Hospice is an independent hospice charity that provides free, specialist palliative care for everyone in Lincolnshire.

For more information on its services visit: St Barnabas

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