Around 200 ladies braved the damp weather to take part in the Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) Moonlight Memory Walk in Falmouth on Saturday night.

The fundraiser had been postponed the week before because of the weather but this weekend the ladies-only sponsored walk went ahead despite the wet conditions. Between them, the walkers have pledged to raise £20,000 in sponsorship.

Ladies gathered on The Moor ahead of the walk and were entertained by Pirate FM’s breakfast show host Neil Caddy. Bags decorated with memories of loved ones were lit with a candle and placed around the fountain creating a beautiful centrepiece and reminder for everyone of the reasons for taking part.

A memory ceremony took place before the walk with words from the CHSW team including a reading from Nikki Isbell, a senior team leader from CHSW’s St Austell children’s hospice Little Harbour, and a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water recorded by the CHSW choir.

Following a warm up by Tara Hegarty from Versatile Fitness Choice the ladies set off at 10pm to walk the five miles around Falmouth covering Pendennis Point, Gyllyngvase Beach and Kimberly Park.

Representatives were there on the evening from the two businesses sponsoring the event: Fugro Geo Services and Goodmans Financial Planning. Sponsorship by those companies helps to cover costs meaning that more of the sponsorship raised by the ladies taking part can go straight towards the care and support offered by the charity to the children and families it supports.

Volunteers from the Martin Jennings Marshals Association also stepped in on Saturday to help with the event after organisers fell short of marshals.

Kiley Pearce, events fundraiser for CHSW, said: “On behalf of the team at Little Harbour I would like to thank everyone who walked the five miles around Falmouth on Saturday evening. It is always really special to see so many women walking in memory of their loved ones whilst also supporting our special cause by raising such a fantastic amount of money.

"Thanks also go to all of the volunteers and marshals who helped us to make the evening run smoothly, without the help of everyone around the route and on the Moor the event simply wouldn’t be able to happen.

"Thanks are also extended to Fugro GeoServices, Goodmans Financial Planning, Pirate FM, The Packet, Tara from Versatile Fitness Choice, Flanaghan’s Food Bar, Fal Fire, St Michaels Hotel and Spa, Right Response Training and Falmouth Town Council.”

CHSW announced on the evening that the next Moonlight Memory Walk, which will be the tenth anniversary walk, will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The charity is now encouraging ladies who took part to send their sponsorship money in. Anyone who raises over £100 in sponsorship will be entered into a prize draw to win a family pass for St Michael’s Hotel and Spa where they will be able to use the swimming pool and spa facilities for a day.

The money raised will go towards the care and support offered to local children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses and their families through Little Harbour which provides short breaks, respite, palliative care as well as end of life care and bereavement support and helps the whole family to make precious memories to treasure.

Moonlight Memory Walk roll call 2017:

Andrea Poat, Katrina Walker, Elizabeth Cole, Samantha Littlejohns, Tracey Bawden, Janet Dunstan, Michelle Bawden, Debra Warne, Nicola Brokenshire, Debbie Tregidgo, Pat Bowley, Louise McColm, Lynne Vosper, Tracy Underwood, Elise Miners, Vanessa Hughes, Margaret Jose, Judy Jose, Yvonne Lusty, Gabbie Telford, Alice Robinson, Carol Morris, Joanna Camerer-Cuss, Martha Cuss, Vivien Honey, Sue Bunt, Sandra Bale, Maria Furze, Val Foster, Susan Hort, Valerie Jenkin, Tania Jenkin, Donna Boon, Lindsay Westwood, Claire Wootton, Charlotte Vincent, Tracy Pearce, Anne Forman, Amanda Kimmins, Alison Goldsack, Ann-Louise Coulls, Nicola Henwood, Wendy Prescott, Rach Cairns, Mel Richardson, Jane Pitts, Deborah Murrish, Lisa Butcher, Jackie Bashford, Beryl Nolan, Linda Moore, Vanetta Geach, Jeanette Kendall, Janet Wilkes, Jan Merrifield, Sue Coombes, Grace Harrington, Lauren King, Liz Smiles, Liz Shaw, Wend Hallows, Rebecca Real, Janis Morgan, Trudy Stevens, Lisa Stevens, Jo Dyer, Gill Pascoe, Irene McAllister, Sarah Hodder, Janet King, Kay Powell, Jennifer Foley, Jacqui Cunliffe, Sarah Rundle, Caroline Day, Victoria Pinder, Niki Dalby, Sharon Smith, Tracey Andrews, Julia Roberts, Kylie Richardson, Jane Maclean, Alison Macdonald, Jacqueline Lommerse, Jennifer Symonds, Julie Hawke, Ann-Marie Berryman, Iris West, Genma Curnow, Denise Curnow, Carol Summers, Tina Roberts, Fiona Forder, Julie Pickerill, Matilda McLeod, Catherine Timmins, Julia Clay, Mary Thomas, Rebecca Furze, Marion Collins, Vicky Peters, Julia Hughes, Emma Hart, Melita Caust, Natasha Caust, Lisa Casley, Sue Gallagher, Gill Oxenham, Sylvia Geach, Viv Bennett, Lynsey Robinson-Gourley, Marie Sanderson, Pohlin Jeffree, Becky Beedie, Karen Turner, Sonia Tonkin, Doreen McDonald, Sue Hodge, Bonnie Cooke, Terrie-Anne Livermore, Claire Glasson, Karen Stephens, Julie Oxenham, Yvonne Tonkin, Tracey Tait, Sam Chibnell-Smith, Dawn Josey, Nick Strike, Catherine Hearne, Cheryl Burns, Jane Briggs, Hannah Briggs, Lesley Hawkings, Katie Reynolds, Cheryl Zanni, Jenny McFarland, Ann James, Bev McGrath, Valerie Londesborough, Fiona Spargo, S Small, Lily Bolton, Charlie Em Creeden, Kat Smiejan, Sarah Sandercock, Claire Watters, Emily Birch, Victoria O'Regan, Tara Hegarty, Sonia Lucas, Catherine Terry, Nicola Isbell, Ellie Isbell, Christine Isbell, Chloe McGrath, Sam Mitchell, Charlotte West, Claire Masters, Tracey Penhaligon-Hooper, Janet Hannaford, Sandra Bawden, Julie Blewett, Margaret Prowse, Amanda Prowse, Diane Stephens, Kim Barnes, Heidi Stasiak, Rhyse Stasiak, Kathryn Wotton, Alex Michalska, Caroline Stewart, Jenny Symons, Louise Symons, Sophie Clifton-Griffiths, Caroline Bryans, Eloise Charity, Valerie Bruce, Tracy Butcher, Sally Dodsworth, Sarah Smith, Hazel Fernee, Linda Clarke, Sherrie Veale, Aimee Veale, Barbara Wilson Evans, Claire Dougal, Joanna Renowden, Claire Kilbey, Sharon Laws, Lydia Pinder, Becky Brady, Bridie Burns, Maria Herridge and Louise McCallum.