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Solstice Walk in Lichfield raises £150,000 for charity

A Lichfield fundraising event had a fairytale ending as £150,000 was raised for charity.

Around 1,500 women walked through the streets of the city on Saturday evening dressed in fairy wings and carrying wands as part of the St Giles Solstic Walk.

Peter Holliday and Joanne Malin get the Solstice Walk event underway

Peter Holliday and Joanne Malin get the Solstice Walk event underway

The event got underway at 10pm when special guest BBC Radio WM presenter Joanne Malin and St Giles Chief Executive Peter Holliday set fundraisers on their way for the nine-mile course.

The enchanting event also saw participants release hundreds of balloons to remember loved ones.

Peter admitted he was delighted with how the event went. He said:

“The Solstice Walk has grown to become a highlight of our fundraising calendar because it is enjoyed by so many women, who are helping us to raise a fantastic amount once again. We wish to thank all those who took part this year, their generous sponsors, and all the volunteers and marshals who gave up their time to help out on the night.

“With their help we have just held the biggest single fundraising event in the history of St Giles Hospice, and every penny raised will make a difference to the services we can provide.”

St Giles also thanked Aqua Direct and Sainsbury’s Hams Hall who provided refreshments for the walkers, Friary Grange Leisure Centre for their continued support, and St John’s Ambulance.

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