ST WILFRID’S Hospice is hoping to raise £100,000 at its massive Starlight Stroll next month.

Like so many charities, the charity has been badly affected by COVID-19 with funding well down.

Last year the hospice raised over £80,000 from Starlight Stroll so this year they are aiming even higher for £100,000.

A hospice spokesman said: “2020 has been a difficult year; it’s been a time where we’ve needed to be together but have had to be apart.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has kept us from family and friends, and our lives have been paused.

“We are looking forward to a time we can be together again, even if it means keeping a little distance!

“We would love to invite you to join us on the 12th of September for a very special Starlight Stroll.

“Walk along the beautiful Eastbourne Seafront and lay a special lantern at the Italian Gardens in memory of a loved one who is no longer with us.

“At 5pm, our Starlight team will transport all the lanterns back to the hospice and light the garden up in a special live stream event, which you can join from the comfort of your own homes.

“Last year, more than 1000 people joined us on an amazing evening, and raised over £85,000, which supported vital Hospice care for people in our community.

“This year, we are aiming to raise over £100,000 so that we can continue to support our patients and their families in the wake of the effects that COVID-19 has had on our services.”

Go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/starlightstroll