Hundreds walk in memory of loved ones

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Hundreds of people took an emotional walk to remember loved ones during Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice’s Memory Walk.

The event, which has raised more than £80,000 during the past seven years, took place in the grounds of Nostell Priory.

People took part in either a 10km route or a 2.5km route around the lake at the stately home on Sunday.

Emma Priestley, event fundraiser at the hospice, said: “The Memory Walk was a lovely occasion this year as the weather was beautiful and everyone seemed enthusiastic to make this a special occasion.

“We were honoured to have the Mayor of Wakefield, Sandra Pickin, come and open the event and also to have the Haribo gold bear come and take part.

“We look forward to seeing how much sponsorship people have managed to raise to help our hospice.”

The event also featured a treasure hunt for youngsters.

The Halfpenny Lane hospice cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, providing practical and emotional support for them.

It offers 24-hour support, 365 days-a-year and costs £2.2 million a year to run.

The charity relies on donations from the community for most of its funding.

It has a professional team of staff including palliative medicine consultants, hospice practitioners, health care assistants and social workers.

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