Thursday, 23 June 2016


600 women took to the streets of Derby at 10pm on Friday 17th June for the seventh annual Moonlight Walk in aid of Treetops Hospice Care. It is anticipated that over £51,760 has been raised in sponsorship for the charity which provides nursing care and emotional support for free for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The 5k and 10k walk started at the University at Derby at 10pm, the same time that Treetops Hospice at Home nurses begin their shifts supporting patients in their homes.
Showing their support.
Helen Saroi, 50, from Allestree took part in the walk to show her support for the Hospice at Home nurses who helped her mum:
Helen Saroi and team

“We really appreciated the support when my mum was poorly. She had terminal cancer and wanted to die at home. At the time I had two very young children and I wasn’t in a position to help her all the time when she needed care. Treetops nurses gave her support overnight and would sit with her and tend to her care. It was really, really useful and a big weight off my mind.”

A team of Treetops nurses took part in the walk themselves as Nicola Ward, 41, from Ilkeston, team member, explained:

Nicola Ward (centre) with friends
“I decided to take part to help raise money for this amazing charity. As a Hospice at Home nurse I see first-hand how we support and care for people and their families at very difficult times. With the support of Treetops we really can make every day count. I feel honoured to provide nursing care and support to the families that welcome us into their homes.”
Other walkers included Hannah Winsbury, 23, whose mum living in Long Eaton has been receiving support at the Risley-based hospice.
“My mum has advanced breast cancer and has found the support from Treetops to be invaluable. She really enjoys the complementary therapy as it always leaves her feeling good about herself. She’s quite a reserved person but has also really benefited from the counselling service which is something we never thought she would do. She’d tried other counselling services previously but didn’t get much out of them so it must be down to how open and friendly and how comfortable it is at Treetops.”
Huge congratulations and thanks

Mary Rose, community fundraiser for Treetops, thanked everyone who had taken part on the night:
trentbarton brought the 5km walkers back in style
“We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have come out this evening and want to say a huge congratulations and thanks to everyone. It’s been a great evening with a lovely atmosphere and everyone is going home to their beds knowing they’ve made a big difference to Treetops. We also want to thank everyone who’s been involved in making the event such a success from the marshals who’ve manned the route including volunteers from Repton Security, the University of Derby for hosting us once again, trentbarton for driving our 5k walkers back to the start, Pure Gym for their energetic warm-up and many more people behind-the-scenes. We couldn’t do it without them!”
Treetops need to raise over £3 million each year to run the hospice. Each overnight Hospice at Home nursing shift costs just over £300 so every penny raised for the charity makes a big difference. Those inspired by the sponsored event can register now for the Colour Rush taking place on Sunday 11th September at Elvaston Castle.