Starlight Walk heads for 1,000

ALMOST 1,000 people have signed up for St Luke’s Starlight Walk in Encliffe Park on Saturday night.

They are expected to raise more than £50,000 for the Whirlow hospice on its 40th anniversary as they cover a 5k route to Forge Dam and back

Live entertainment in the park will start at 6.30pm, with Sheffield indie band Blind Drivers playing at 7pm.

Hospice events manager Anna Sheppard said: “I know as soon as I heard Blind Drivers on their My Space site that I’d found the perfect band for the evening and the fact that they’re a Sheffield band supporting Sheffield’s only hospice just makes it even better!”

The walk begins at 8.45pm and is a new way of helping the hospice to raise the money towards the £4m-plus it needs every year to keep operating annually.

Many businesses are sponsoring the walk and it employees will be taking part.

Meanwhile, St Luke’s summer Fair will be held in the hospice grounds on June 11 from 1pm and will feature more than 20 stalls. New attractions include a food court and a hog roast while the Kelham Island Brewery beer tent is returning. Last year’s fair raised more than £12,000.