Claire House Children’s Hospice held their first ever Lantern Walk on Saturday 14 October.
Over eight hundred and fifty people turned out to walk the route from Seacombe Ferry Terminal to New Brighton, carrying lit lanterns along the walk.
The walk was organised in partnership with Eureka! Science + Discovery, where lanterns were collected at the start of the walk. Arriva North West kindly donated two buses which took walkers back to the start from New Brighton.
Event Fundraiser Mark Pearson said, “Claire House has been a light in the dark for hundreds of local families over the last 25 years, so we were excited to put on an event like the Claire House Lantern Walk. This was a walk to remember, and many people were walking in memory or celebration of a loved one.
“It was great to see the local community come out to walk together, light up the prom and have a lovely evening.”
Wirral Pop Vox sang on the Wallasey Town Hall steps and the Friends of Vale Park lit up the park for walkers to pass through, which was special, as Claire Cain (the little girl who Claire House is named after) has a memorial tree in Vale Park.
The event has so far raised £15,000 for the charity. Claire House Children’s Hospice cares for seriously and terminally ill children and their families from across Wirral, Liverpool and beyond.
Mark continued, “There was a lovely atmosphere and it was amazing to see all of the lantern lights along the prom. We really appreciate the support of the local community and want to thank everyone for coming out to support their local children’s hospice.
“Hopefully the Claire House Lantern Walk will return in 2024, so keep an eye on our website.”