Moonlight walk for nursery

A teaching assistant from Riddings has completed a moonlit walk in memory of her late father accompanied by nursery colleagues .

Michelle Woodin was one of 500 women who hit the streets of Derby on the night of Friday June 21 to raise thousands of pounds for Treetops Hospice.

The Moonlight Walk started at 10pm to coincide with the time a Treetops Hospice nurse starts their shift. These nurses provide specialist palliative support for families caring for a loved one in their final days.

Michelle’s father, Derek Clarke, received support from Treetops nurses during his final days. He died in September 2010 from bladder cancer.

Michelle, 39, said: “The Treetops nurse came at the right time and sort of scooped us up when we were struggling. Whereas my mother died in hospital, my father knew he wanted to be at home when the end came, so to make that possible was very important and meant he was in control.”

Together, the 500 walkers raised around £43,000 in sponsorship, which will go towards helping Treetops Hospice provide palliative care for more people in their own home.

Michelle was joined by a group of 14 work colleagues from Riddings Infant and Nursery School where she is a teaching assistant.

The 10k Moonlight Walk started at Derby Rugby Club and took in parts of the city centre, including the Cathedral Quarter and Market Place before looping North through Five Lamps, The Broadway and Allestree.