Scores sign up for walk of memories

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Nearly 100 people have already signed up for this year’s Prince of Wales Hospice Memory Walk.

The annual event, which has raised more than £70,000 for the hospice in the last seven years, takes place in the grounds of Nostell Priory on Saturday, April 26.

Julie Tuke, who works at the hospice, will walk with her sister Jane Rowley, mum Maureen Cawthorne and sister-in-law Karen Cawthorne.

Mrs Tuke said: “The thing I love about the memory walk is how much of a happy and relaxed atmosphere there is.

“The hospice is such a great cause and one I will support wherever possible.”

Entrants can decide to walk on the 10km parkland route or a 2.5km lakeside route.

Organisers hope this year’s walk will raise more than £15,000 for the Pontefract hospice.

Emma Priestley, event fundraiser, said: “We very much hope people will support the hospice by taking a few hours of their Saturday to join us in the great outdoors and help us raise much needed funds.

“We want to be able to continue to provide the very best palliative care to those suffering with life limiting illnesses in our area and by taking part in events like the memory walk, people can help us achieve this goal.”

Entry costs £7 for adults or £4 for under 16s for either of the two routes. To register for the event, visit

The Halfpenny Lane hospice costs around £2.2m per year to run and relies on charitable donations for most of this.