350 sign up for ‘Light the Night’ walk through woods

Jessica Ennis-Hill arrives to launch the World Triathlon Grand Final in Hyde Park by unveiling 'Victor', a floating sculpture on London's Serpentine. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis-Hill arrives to launch the World Triathlon Grand Final in Hyde Park by unveiling 'Victor', a floating sculpture on London's Serpentine. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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More than 350 people will walk through Ecclesall Woods on Saturday night to raise money for Weston Park Hospital.

Sheffield’s Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who is a patron of the hospital charity, will officially start the second year ‘Light the Night’ torch-lit walk at 6.30pm.

A 4.5km route through the ancient woodland is described as suitable for adults and children, and it is hoped to beat last year’s sponsorship total of £25,000. The top fundraisers will be photographed with Jessica.

Among the walkers for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity are boxers Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches and five senior managers at Napoleons Casinos and Restaurants and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, part of the A&S group, which is the main sponsor.

Cancer charity fundraiser Sarah Cross said: “The walk is an amazing way to get people together but, for many, it’s a way to say thank you to the hospital that helps so many people living with cancer.”

The walk begins and ends at the Woodland Discovery Centre, off Abbey Lane, where organisers say there will be a celebratory atmosphere with live music and other entertainment.

*www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/light.