What is the Ashgate Hospicecare Sparkle Night Walk? 

Ashgate Hospicecare’s Sparkle Night Walk is North Derbyshire’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It is a 10km walk around Chesterfield that will take place on Saturday 10th July 2021. After a very successful virtual Sparkle event in 2020, Sparkle will return to it’s usual format in 2021. 

What time will the event start? 

Entertainment will start from 8pm, walkers are able to arrive on-site from 7:30pm. Everybody will set off together to begin the 10km walk at 10pm. 

What time does the event finish? 

Due to people walking the route at a different pace, not everyone will finish the walk at the same time. Based on previous Sparkle Night Walks, the first person usually crosses the finish line at around 11:30pm and the last person at 12:30am.

Will the event definitely be going ahead? 

We are confident that we can return the Sparkle Night Walk to its usual format in 2021 and will continue to review the threat of COVID-19 alongside other unforeseen risks such as extreme weather conditions. 

Safety is of paramount importance to us in every event we organise and we work closely with partner organisations including local councils and the emergency services to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Please keep an eye on our social media channels and participant newsletters for the latest updates as we head towards Sparkle Night Walk 2021.  

Am I able to volunteer at this event? 

Yes, of course! We need over 150 volunteers each year to ensure that Sparkle is able to go ahead. We are so grateful for each and every person that gives up their Saturday night to support this amazing event. Please email events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk if you are interested in volunteering at this event and a member of our Events Team will be in touch. 

Are children allowed to take part? 

Children under 11 are not permitted at this event (this also includes babies in pushchairs).

Are dogs able to come along on the night? 

No, dogs are not permitted at this event. 

How much do I need to raise? 

There is no minimum sponsorship amount, but we’d encourage you to set yourself a target to add to your challenge. By fundraising for the hospice, you will be helping to ensure that Ashgate Hospicecare will be here for the future so that we can continue to support the people in our community who need us the most. 

Everyone who raises £100 or more and hands in their sponsorship money by (insert sponsorship deadline for 2021) will be entered into a prize draw to win an exciting prize.  

How do I set up a JustGiving page? 

It’s quick and easy to set up a fundraising page on JustGiving. Visit our campaign page here, click on the “Start Fundraising” button and create your page. Job done! Your fundraising page is now set up and ready to accept donations. You can personalise your page and share it with your friends and family.If you need any assistance in setting this up, you can email us at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or give us a call on 01246 567250. 

When will I receive my fundraising pack? 

We usually send out fundraising packs several months before the event. Further details on this will be released in due course. 

Are we getting electronic tags again this year?

Yes, the tag this year will be stuck to the back of your walker number. When you cross over the start and finish line this will be registered by sensors in the mats which will check you in and out.  

Do I bring my sponsor money on the night? 

Please do not bring along your sponsor money on the night. We are thankful to each and every one of you that fundraises for us, and we kindly ask that you bring any sponsor money in after the event. There are several options of how you can do this, they are the following: 

  1. Pay it in online.
  2. Bring it to our Fundraising Hub on Storforth Lane, the address is: Ashgate Hospicecare Fundraising Hub, Unit 72 Storforth Lane Trading Estate, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 0QD.
  3. Take it to one of our shops to pay in, you can find out where they are here.

Do I need to bring in my sponsor form? 

If you are paying in your sponsor money in person, please bring your sponsor form(s) along with you. If you are paying in your sponsor money online, please ensure that you send any sponsorship forms to us so that we can claim Gift Aid on your donations. Gift Aid is an extra 25p on every pound you give, helping your donation go further. You can send your sponsorship forms to us via post to Fundraising, Ashgate Hospicecare, Ashgate Road, Old Brampton, Chesterfield, S42 7JD. 

Where can I park? 

Parking will be available on the night, further details on this will be released in due course. 

Is there anything I can buy on the night? 

Yes, there will be a promo stand where you can buy a range of goods such as wristbands and glowsticks (additional available merchandise tbc). So please do bring a small amount of money with you if you would like to purchase something. 

What will the entertainment be on the night? 

We’re still working on that at the moment but we can promise you the same fantastic pre-event entertainment that you’ve become accustomed to over the years. 

Will there be toilets at this event? 

Yes, there will be toilets that you are able to use at the Technique Stadium. And then once you set off on the walk, there will be several toilet stops on route that you can use. 

Will there be food/drink at the event? 

Water and snacks will be provided at the halfway point, we kindly ask that litter is disposed of properly to keep Chesterfield tidy. All our marshals will have bin bags for you to use. Hot drinks and bacon rolls (or a vegan alternative) will be provided at the end of the walk for free, but you may make a small donation to us in one of the buckets provided if you wish to. 

Can I stop if I feel like I can’t complete the walk? 

Yes, if you feel like you are unable to continue walking, please inform one of our marshals who will radio the support vehicle to come and fetch you. 

Is there first aid at this event? 

Yes, there will be first aid at this event. If you require first aid then please inform your nearest marshal. 

I haven’t got/have lost my paperwork 

Please email our Supporter Engagement team at set@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call them on 01246 567250 who will discuss and sort this for you. 

I can no longer take part in this event, what do I need to do? 

If you can no longer take part in this event, please email set@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call our Supporter Engagement Team on 01246 567250 to let them know. If you have collected any sponsorship money, you can bring it in into our Fundraising Hub on Storforth Lane, the address is: Ashgate Hospicecare Fundraising Hub, Unit 72 Storforth Lane Trading Estate, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 0QD. 

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can send a message to our Sparkle Facebook page or email us at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk and we will happily help!