26th September was a real red letter day for the Railway when over 700 walkers taking part in the Starlight Hike, raising funds for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, were carried aboard the Starlight Express from Oxenhope Station to the starting line at Oakworth. Packing the walkers into one train, commuter style, was hardly an option given the fact they had to then walk back to Oxenhope, so 2 trains, featuring top and tailing with a diesel locomotive at the north end and steam at the south, were run to ensure everyone arrived in fine spirits.
Hayley Ibbotson, Senior Hospice Fundraiser at Manorlands said ‘It was such a brilliant night and we’ve received some great feedback about the event. People loved the Starlight Express element and everything went really smoothly. Once all pledged sponsorship is received we hope to have raised in the region of £35,000 for Manorlands Hospice, which is a fantastic amount, and will make such a difference to our patients and their families. I must say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and especially to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for all the wonderful help they gave us in the lead up to and on the night itself, it is much appreciated.’
Manorlands is a charity very close to the hearts of the Railway and, with a Haworth Haddock in July dedicated to fundraising plus the Starlight Express, it is planned that there will be more fundraising activities on the Railway in future – look out at the Beer & Music Festival.
This weekend sees another of our successful Haworth Haddock evening trains. The train has been in the very capable hands of Mark Moorehead for a number of years but it is now time for him to hand over the reigns to the young team of Tom Ruddock and Charlotte Harrison.
Tom & Charlotte (under Mark’s watchful gaze) were in control of the previous Haworth Haddock on the 18th July and what better way to start their time than by raising well needed funds for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope. The photograph shows Charlotte and Tom handing over a cheque for £1,280 representing the funds raised from the evening. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to a worthy cause very close to the hearts of KWVR staff and members.
But that is not all. The Manorlands Starlight Hike returns on Saturday 26th September, with an exciting new twist for 2015. The Starlight Hike will now feature the ‘Starlight Express’ which will take participants from Oxenhope to Oakworth where their hike starts. If you want to know more, visit the Starlight Hike page on the website.
The Manorlands Starlight Hike returns on Saturday 26th September, with an exciting new twist for 2015.
The Starlight Hike will now feature the ‘Starlight Express’.
Participants will begin the evening at around 6.30pm at Oxenhope Railway Station where there will be music, stalls, entertainment and a warm up. They will then board the Starlight Express, one of the railways steam trains re-named for the night, and travel down to Oakworth Station where they will disembark to begin the start of their 10km walk. The first of two trains will leave Oxenhope at 7.45pm, before returning to collect the second group of participants for their journey.
Walkers will then follow a safe, marshalled route through Oakworth and Haworth, then back towards Oxenhope. The route also takes in the ‘Starlight Avenue’ within the grounds of Manorlands Hospice, where walkers can hang a dedication star to celebrate the life of loved ones.
Mark Moorhead, Special Events Director at KWVR said: “The KWVR is very proud and honoured to be part of the Manorlands Starlight Hike. Over the years many of the railways volunteers have benefited from the crucial services the hospice provides and the railway is only too happy to give something back to this wonderful and deserving cause.”
Hayley Ibbotson, Senior Fundraiser and event organiser at Manorlands said: “We’re really excited about the new element of the Starlight Express and have had some great feedback about the idea. The Starlight Hike is a fantastic way of getting family, friends and colleagues together to raise funds for the hospice and we hope lots of people from the local community will get together and support the event once again. I’d like to thank everyone at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for very generously providing all of their services to us on the night completely free of charge.”
For more information about The Starlight Hike or Manorlands Hospice and the Sue Ryder Organisation, visit the Sue Ryder website ⇒