‘No tutu’ for hospice boss as he’s only man at ladies’ walk

Trinity Hospice chief executive David Houston  of Ansdell shapes up for the Illumathon, in which he will be the only man taking part
Trinity Hospice chief executive David Houston of Ansdell shapes up for the Illumathon, in which he will be the only man taking part

Trinity Hospice chief executive David Houston will find himself completely outnumbered when he becomes the only man to walk the annual fund-raising Illumathon.

Ansdell resident David will be walking the course on September 7 as a way of saying thank you to the hundreds of local women who give up their Saturday night to raise money for Trinity and Brian House Children’s Hospice.

He said: “The Illumathon is strictly ladies only, but I walked part of the course last year and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of those taking part, not just the walkers, but also the volunteers who turn out in force to help.

“So many of the walkers had a personal connection with Trinity or Brian House and hearing their stories really demonstrated to me just what a vital role the hospice plays in our community.”

The Illumathon, now in its sixth year, starts at Red Bank Road, Bispham and covers a 10-mile route down the Promenade.

The theme this year is red T-shirts, trainers and tiaras, but David admits he has been given special dispensation when it comes to clothing.

“The hospice fundraising team has assured me that I don’t have to wear a tiara, feather boa or tutu, which I was quite glad to hear,” he said. “But I’m really looking forward to playing a part in such an important event. I know quite a few Lytham and St Annes people either taking part or volunteering to help on the night and I will be very proud to line up alongside them.”

Illumathon details are at www.trinityhospice.co.uk, while volunteers marshalls – men included – can contact Collette Goodwin on (01253) 359362.