Hundreds of women strutted their stuff through Derby city centre on Friday 29 June to raise money for local charity Treetops Hospice Care.

Sing for you Supper Choir

It is anticipated that over £40,000 has been raised in sponsorship on the ladies-only Starlight Strut, now in its ninth year.

Treetops provides nursing care and emotional support for adults, their families and carers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.





With a disco theme, Zumba warm up and entertainment from the Sing for your Supper Choir, the walkers were all set when they set off for the 5k and 10k walk starting at the University at Derby at 10pm, the same time that Treetops Hospice at Home nurses begin their shifts supporting patients in their homes.

Proud of supporting Treetops

Amongst those taking part was Emma Tyler, 39, from Long Eaton who took part in the walk to give something back to Treetops that supported both her parents:

“I’ve always been proud of supporting Treetops and it’s always been a place that’s special to us as my dad, Rob Wainwright, had MS and he went there for respite for quite a long time.

“My mum went to the Treetops carers’ meetings and she got a lot out of going. She could relate to other people there and after my dad died she started volunteering on reception at the hospice.”

Treetops is our local community hospice and there’s nothing else like it

Emma’s mum, Lyn, from Draycott, died from cancer earlier this year.

“My mum absolutely loved Treetops and spoke about it a lot. We all have a few particular charities that feel really important to us and Treetops is one of mine. They rely so much on donations and you don’t realise it. Treetops is our local community hospice and there’s nothing else like it.

“Both my parents went there for different, and similar, reasons. It’s a lovely place and they offer such a range of support.

“It’s been nice to be able to do something to say thank you for supporting our family and taking such good care of them.

Photo credit: Gary Murfin

A brilliant night

Mary Rose, Treetops senior community and events fundraiser, was delighted with the success of the night:

“Our huge thanks to each and every one of the ladies who’ve come along tonight and supported us. It’s been a brilliant night and they’ve helped us raise an amazing amount of money for Treetops – thank you everyone!”

Further photographs from the event can be found at the Treetops Facebook page.

It’s not too late to show support for everyone who’s taken part. People can still donate to the hospice by texting TTSS18 and the amount they want to donate to 70070.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, would be fantastic.

Those inspired by the sponsored event can register for the Treetops Colour Rush taking place on Sunday 22 July at Markeaton Park.

Treetops services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.