Family to star at Sheffield fundraising walk

Members of the Booler family who will be taking part in the St Luke's Hospice Starlight Walk..with Keith Booler,. frojnt centre, with two of his 15 great grandchildren Evie Mather left and Judd Stevenson
Members of the Booler family who will be taking part in the St Luke's Hospice Starlight Walk..with Keith Booler,. frojnt centre, with two of his 15 great grandchildren Evie Mather left and Judd Stevenson

THE St Luke’s Hospice Starlight Walk really is a family affair for Beryl’s lot - all 29 of them.

When mum Beryl Booler lost her battle with bowel cancer at the end of last year, aged 74, her family decided that they wanted to give something back to St Luke’s.

The St Luke’s nursing team supported Beryl through the last weeks of her life as she was nursed at home on Landseer Walk, Gleadless, by husband Keith, 74.

And it was only when they gathered to celebrate what would have been their mum’s birthday on March 23 that they decided to sign up for the Starlight Walk and raise as much money as possible for Sheffield’s only hospice.

Her eight children, 18 grandchildren and assorted partners will be stepping out in Endcliffe Park on Saturday evening.

Fourth child Shaun, 50, said: “The oldest of us is my dad Keith, who will be 75 in June.

“We all thought that if he can do it, then we all can as well.

“We haven’t got a clue how much we’ll raise, but it’s going to be worth the effort because we know how much the St Luke’s community nursing team did for our mum and dad.”

The hospice’s first Starlight Walk last year raised an impressive £65,000.

For the 2012 event, again backed by The Star, the hospice in Whirlow is set on raising more than £80,000.

More than 900 people have now signed up – but the hospice is hoping for 1,000.

n For details on registering, see the panel above.