Walkers greet the dawn to help hospice

A beautiful Sunday morning sunrise was the backdrop for one of the most stunning events in the Ripon fundraising calendar.

Almost 200 people took part in the Sunrise Walk on Sunday, October 18, from the village of Sawley to Ripon Cathedral to show their support for Saint Michael’s Hospice and to enjoy Ripon’s idyllic landscape.

A wave from the crowd at Sawley before the off. (121410ARpic14)

A wave from the crowd at Sawley before the off. (121410ARpic14)

Early estimates from fundraising pledges received from walkers indicate the event might raise £11,000 towards helping people from Ripon, Harrogate and the surrounding areas who are living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Saint Michael’s chief executive Tony Collins said: “This is a fantastic amount and we now urge people to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible so that we can start using it to make a difference to the communities we serve.

“A huge thank you goes to everyone who contributes to making the Sunrise Walk such a success, including our walkers and the many volunteers involved in helping to support the event.

“We also could not do it without our fabulous sponsor Eura Audit Ripon and the supporting partners Appleton’s and the Ripon Gazette and Boroughbridge Herald.”

Participants met at Sawley Village Hall on Sunday morning to register, mingle with their follow walkers and warm-up for the event with some fun aerobics from Marilyn Broad, a local instructor.

The walkers then set off at 7am walking through beauty spots like Studley Deer Park and Studley Roger before finishing at Ripon Cathedral

Walker Pat Hardisty, from Ripon – who was doing the walk for the second year running – said: “I did it because my father used the day therapy service at Saint Michael’s and it made such a difference to him.

“It was reassuring for him to meet other people facing similar challenges to him and he came to understand that even though he was ill he still had a lot to contribute to life.

“With the help of the Saint Michael’s team he was also able to discuss many of the things that were important to him and the support he received also helped to take the pressure off me.”