MORE than 600 people had a ‘splashing time’ on Saturday as they took part in the 12th annual Moonlight Colour Walk for Willowbrook Hospice.

Just before the start of the walk, the sky turned into a sea of pink as people remembered and celebrated the lives of their loved one with a special balloon release.

Following a countdown from Willowbrook’s fundraising manager, Nichola Saunders, the walkers were off with many choosing to take part in a special colour splash before taking on either the original 10km route or a ‘mini moonlight’ of 6km.

On their return, every walker received a well-earned Moonlight Walk medal and refreshments.

Nichola said: “This year’s Moonlight Walk was amazing and it was lovely to see so many people coming together to remember their loved ones and to help raise much needed funds to ensure that we as a hospice can continue to care and support our patients and their families.

“On behalf of Willowbrook I’d like to thank every single person who was involved with the event, whether as a walker, a steward or a volunteer.”

Entertainment was provided by DJ Terryoake, dancers from the Jan Williams Theatre School and a warm-up from Glow-Fit.

Willowbrook Hospice has been open since 1997 and costs more than £4.5million a year to run, the majority of which needs to be raised through the effort of the communities which it serves.