Letters: Join Tess on the Sue Ryder Starlight Hike

Tess Garrett
Tess Garrett with a present from well-wishers ahead of the hike this weekend

Dear editor,

My name is Tess and I am 14 years old. Nearly nine months ago my daddy died from bowel cancer at St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger.

My family and friends are now trying to raise £51,000 for the charities he supported with 51 different challenges, and one of these charities was the hospice.

My challenge is to raise money for my daddy by walking the Sue Ryder St John’s 10km Starlight Hike on September 20th at Shuttleworth. My Dad loved to go on a nice long walk especially in the Lake District.

Me, Dad and two of my brothers all walked up Scafell Pike in the Lake District a few summers ago.

Now sadly we’re not going to be doing that again (although that is actually quite a good idea for another challenge, now I come to think of it!).

Team Garrett
Team Garrett – Richard is third from the right and Tess is second on the left

Anyway, because of my Dad’s love of walking I decided to do the Starlight Hike and yes the name does give it away a bit! If you haven’t guessed already it is a walk in the night. It is 10km and I am trying to get some friends and family to do it with me, hopefully 51 friends.

So far we have about 36 people so if you would like to join us and help me remember my Daddy, and thank the Hospice for all they do to look after so many people, please sign up to join #TeamGarrett.

You can sign up to our team here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-johns-starlight-hike-2019-tickets-60751376001?team_token=2396713-p6717 All welcome!

My Mum has set up a fundraising page for the walk here: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/TeamGarrettStarlightHike

There is nothing good about cancer apart from how much money we can try to raise to help other people get better.

I think my daddy might be just a little bit proud of me doing this walk for him.


Tess Garrett.

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