The staff are welcoming and friendly; I benefited from the complementary therapy; there was an unexpected level of carer support.
- Hospice patient
Warrington’s Weight Watchers Sparkle for St. Rocco’s
The 2018 T-shirts are modelled by the lovely ladies from the Weight Watchers Sparklers Starlight team
One of the best things about the St. Rocco’s Starlight Ladies Walk is the amazing atmosphere as ladies march through the streets of our town at midnight, cheering each other on to go the distance in support of patients with a life-limiting illness.
The camaraderie and encouragement is fantastic, so who better to help reveal the 2018 Starlight t-shirt than the wonderful ladies from Michelle Garvin’s Weight Watchers groups? So far nineteen ladies from her groups all over Warrington have set themselves the goal of improving their fitness and taking part on Saturday 23rd June.
“As part of the sessions we give out ‘Sparkle’ awards so we decided to call our teams the Weight Watchers Sparklers. We couldn’t believe it when we heard that this year’s theme for the walk is ‘Sparkle for St. Rocco’s,” explained Michelle.
“Some of us have taken part before and we’re really looking forward to this year’s event. We’re going to do some practice walks and we also have activities at group to help raise funds towards our sponsorship, so even the ladies who aren’t walking get involved.”
Having got a taster of the t-shirts the ladies are now working out how they are going to accessorise them in the most sparkly way possible.
“ We know that our ladies often spend lots of time and effort to look absolutely amazing on the night of the walk, at the same time as raising lots of sponsorship towards patient care,” said Rachel Ingham, Fundraising Manager at St. Rocco’s.
“We can’t wait to see everyone with loads of sparkle this year to go along with our lovely 2018 t-shirts.”
The Starlight Ladies Walk is the biggest fundraiser for St. Rocco’s. It costs over £3.6 million a year for the hospice to continue to provide its care, which is completely free of charge to patients, but it relies on the generosity of the local community for 75% of that amount.