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Ardgowan Angels Light Up Streets of Inverclyde

Saturday 30th April saw the second Ardgowan Hospice Moonlight Walk take to the streets. Almost 700 ladies braved the evening breeze that was blowing to “walk the walk” all in aid of the Hospice. With the moonlight silhouetting they

walked together with their magnifi cent pink fl ashing halos twinkling as far as the eye could see, it was a truly magnifi cent sight!

The atmosphere was almost carnival–like as the walkers descended on the Battery Park to register for what was has become one of the most spectacular nights on the Hospice calendar. An amazing amount of effort had also been put in by many of the women who turned up in some very fetching pink outfi ts to match the fantastic pink t-shirts that they had already been provided with.

After collecting a bottle of water and a banana for much needed energy, the ladies made their way to the Clyde 2 stage that was set up in the AstroTurf area of the park, where Clyde 2’s DJ Bill Smith got the party started with some great tunes. Staff from Inverclyde Leisure were also on hand to lead the ladies in an energetic Zumba warm-up session before the big countdown at 10pm.

Another treat was in store as fi re engines from Group 4 at Greenock Fire Station entered into the spirit of the event with lights fl ashing and sirens whooping, much to the delight of the ladies as they made their way onto the Esplanade.

It was indeed a sensational spectacle as the walkers started the route to the cheers of residents, onlookers and drivers showing their appreciation.

Additional encouragement was also provided at the half way point by Cheerleaders from May Hughes School of dance who very kindly volunteered to help out on the night to give our walkers a boost.

A well deserved commemorative medal in the form of a handbag charm for all was issued on completion, then the chance to fi nally take-a-load-off at Funworld, who very kindly allowed us the use of their premises, where staff and volunteers served complimentary hot drinks and rolls to our tired and hungry walkers.

There has been an incredible £70,000 pledged from this event so far, which is an extremely welcome boost to Hospice funds and will allow us to continue to provide specialist palliative care services to people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

We have many people to thank for making this event possible, but most of all we would like to sincerely thank all our walkers who made it to the fi nish line. Their support will make a genuine difference and we are extremely lucky to have such loyal supporters - for that we are very grateful.

Massive heartfelt thanks also to all the many volunteers who helped on the night with registration, marshalling (for braving the cold!), distribution and driving etc.

Easter Eggs Galore

The Erskine Home veterans didn’t have to go hunting for their Easter Eggs! Thanks to Nick Crawford and his colleagues from BAE Systems in Bishopton there were plenty to go round.

The eggs donated were as part of the work they are doing to support Erskine for the BAE Systems charity challenge partnership.

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