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Ashgate Hospice > Urgent plea for volunteers to join Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk

Ashgate Hospice is urgently asking the people of North Derbyshire and beyond to volunteer at its Sparkle Night Walk this weekend. 

More than 1,600 participants will be in Chesterfield on the evening of Saturday, 25th September as the town’s biggest fundraiser, which is sponsored by Vertu Toyota, makes its return.  

But with just weeks to go until event day, Ashgate still urgently needs more volunteers to ensure the event runs as safely and smoothly as possible.  

From helping on the car park, being a marshal, making hot drinks and more – the hospice needs around 150 volunteers to help on the night.  

The 10km walk across Chesterfield will start at 10pm from Chesterfield Football Club. 

Among those taking part will be Jennifer Pemberton, who will be walking in tribute to her husband, Barry, who died at home in August, aged 75, after being diagnosed with cancer. 

Jennifer, 68, said: “It’s been a difficult couple of years for our family, we’ve lost my husband Barry as well as three of my brothers, so I’ll be taking on the Sparkle Night Walk in memory of them. 

“The support we received from Ashgate at the end of my husband’s life was just excellent. I feel it’s important that we do everything we can to give something back. 

“Ashgate made sure he had all the equipment he needed and that he was comfortable at home, and they paid us regular visits to check on us. 

“Barry was a brilliant husband, dad and grandad. He was so lovely and will be missed by many. I’m sure Sparkle will be an emotional evening but I’m looking forward to walking in memory of Barry and supporting Ashgate in the process.” 

Local station and media partner, Peak Radio, is also supporting Ashgate at the event by providing all music, entertainment, presenters and more. 

The event will see the route go down the A61 bypass, past the iconic Crooked Spire and through the streets of Chesterfield – starting and ending at Chesterfield FC’s Technique Stadium. 

Meanwhile, an extra 500 spaces were made available in August – and with staggered start times from the Technique Stadium – more participants will be able to take part in the fun and vibrant event, but in a safe and socially distanced way.  

Along with a one-way system there will be marshals on-hand to keep everyone safe and make sure the event goes smoothly and in accordance with Government guidance. 

The charity will be following all government guidance and restrictions to ensure the safety of all those involved. 

Carl Jones, Ashgate’s Fundraising Manager, added: “The countdown to Sparkle is nearly over and we can’t wait to welcome more than 1,600 supporters to Chesterfield for the town’s biggest and most exciting night of the year! 

“To see Jennifer signing up to take part in our Sparkle Night Walk in tribute to her husband is fantastic. We can’t thank her enough for the support because thanks to fundraisers like her, we’re able to continue providing care for the families who need us most. 

“If you haven’t signed up yet, and are free on the night of Saturday, September 25th, perhaps you’d consider coming and volunteering? 

“Volunteering at our events is a fun way to support us; you get to spend the evening with some great people, as well as chat with our wonderful supporters too!  

“We’d really appreciate anyone who could give up a few hours of their time, so please get in touch if you’re able to help. I hope to see you there!” 

Would you like to volunteer at Ashgate Hospicecare’s Sparkle Night Walk? To find out more go to and if you have any questions email [email protected] or call 01246 567250.  

To sign up to the event go to