Five hundred people – and 32 dogs – took to Richmond’s streets, raising £67,000, and counting, for a children’s hospice charity.

Gathering on a fresh and bright morning at Ham House, the walkers took on two routes, a 10km and 20km, in Shooting Star Chase’s flagship event, the Sunrise Walk, which started at 3.30am.

Kate Wright, challenge events fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, said: “The Sunrise Walk is now in its sixth year, and it has been amazing to see more people than ever take part to raise vital funds for bereaved families.

“We are so very grateful to all our participants who got up in the early hours and walked long distances, and to all those who donated and showed their support.”

Before the walk through the area’s most stunning sights, including Richmond Park, Ham Common and Hampton Court Palace, walkers remembered their loved ones by hanging lanterns on a Celebration Tree to light the start line.

The walkers donned bright outfits and huge smiles, with the youngest participant just 8-years-old, and the oldest, a spritely 81.

After their efforts, walkers were able to reward themselves with a post-walk hot breakfast picnic and lawn games under the glistening sun.

To hear more about Shooting Star Chase – and to find out when Sunrise Walk 2019 registration is open, visit: