FUNDRAISERS festooned with fluorescent tutus and colourful wigs strode through Oxford for an 'incredible' hospice.

As a striking sunset streaked the sky with pink and purple hues on Saturday, Sobell House Hospice supporters set out on an eight-mile walk around the city.

The charity's annual Moonlight Stroll saw hundreds of people step out in bright outfits to reflect the retro 1980s theme, looping from St Edward's School in Summertown and back.

Josie Smith, a stylist at Chapters Hair Design in Witney, took part in the walk alongside seven colleagues from the salon.

She said: "It was really fun, there were lots of tutus and funky crimped hair.

"We really liked the atmosphere, there was a good vibe. We had music playing out from speakers as we went along.

"You see lots of different parts of Oxford that you wouldn't necessarily see."

The Ducklington resident said it was the third year the hair salon staff had taken part, and they hoped to have raised about £500 for the Headington hospice.

She added: "We like to raise money for the charity as we have lots of friends, family and clients who have used its services."

Cathy Dunbabin, co-founder of networking group Opendoorz - one of Sobell's corporate sponsors - was also among the hundreds of people who took part.

Writing about Sobell on her fundraising page, the businesswoman said: "The incredible services they offer are close to the heart of a number of our members.

"Some have had first hand personal experience within the hospice, and others would have liked to have seen their relatives cared for by a specialist team trained in end-of-life care within our local hospitals – something the funds raised will be instrumental in implementing.

"Others just know and appreciate the incredible difference that can be made to whole families at such a turbulent time."

Sobell House fundraiser Kevin Game has organised the Moonlight Stroll for 12 years, and this was his last before moving on to a new job.

He said: "It was a really nice swan song for me and I just want to thank everyone who has walked and marshalled.

"The atmosphere was great and everyone really got on board with the theme - it was a privilege to be a part of.

"It was really nice to spend time with people who I've seen [walking] year on year.

"It was held a month earlier than usual this year, so it was still light when everyone set off.

"We got into Christ Church [Meadow] just as the sun was going down, and the sunset was beautiful."

A final fundraising total has not yet been announced, but organisers hoped to match last year's sum of £70,000.

Work on a £4.3m extension at Sobell, based at the Churchill Hospital site, continues.