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Charlotte celebrates a special Moonlight Walk birthday in memory of her mum

Hospice in the Weald’s Moonlight Walk around the streets of Sevenoaks and Knole Park returned with some serious sparkle on Saturday and, for one little girl and her family, it was a day – and night – to remember.

The popular event on 17th June marked Charlotte Towers’ seventh birthday and she was determined to take on the challenge to raise funds for the Hospice, which cared for her mum Maiher who died, aged just 35, last year.

Supported by dad James and family and friends, Paddock Wood-based Charlotte was joined by others walking four, eight and 13 mile routes in memory of loved ones, with refreshments awaiting them upon their return.

Charlotte celebrates her 7th birthday at Moonlight Walk

James, Charlotte’s Dad, explained why Charlotte wanted to take part: “Charlotte’s mummy fought appendix cancer for four years, and was cared for in the last four months of her life by the wonderful team of staff and volunteers at Hospice in the Weald in Pembury. The same team also helped me to cope before and after Maiher died.

“To say thank you, Charlotte opted to take part in the Hospice’s Moonlight Walk, on her birthday. She wanted to raise as much money as possible for the Hospice, so that they can help other people, just like they helped her mummy.”

Before setting off from Sevenoaks Rugby Club, Charlotte was given a surprise rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Rock Choir and the crowd, before being presented with a birthday cake.

James, Charlotte and family

After completing the Walk, James said: “Charlotte was thrilled to be doing something so positive for her birthday and was made up at having everyone on the walk sing Happy Birthday to her!

“It was an emotional walk for me as I remembered everything Maiher meant to me and her children, but I’m so pleased that we could give something back to the charity that gave us so much, and it was lovely to be surrounded by so many people doing the same thing. I know Maiher would be so proud of her amazing daughter.”

Jesse Ansbro-Brett, Relationship Fundraising Manager, said: “We are honoured that Charlotte chose to spend her special day supporting the Hospice and remembering her lovely mum. We’d like to thank Charlotte, James and the hundreds of others who took part in Moonlight Walk or supported the event this year, including our sponsors Savills. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and match funding from the wonderful Freddie Green and Family Charitable Foundation, the event has already raised over £135,000.

“As Charlotte and James know, time is precious and every moment counts. The funds raised will help us to ensure more people can access our free Hospice care and have more time together when it matters most.”