Walk­ers to light up peo­ple’s lives

Evening stroll raises cash for hos­pice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple will light up the night when they take part in a hos­pice’s mid­night walk this week­end.

The Hos­pice of St Fran­cis’ Mid­night Glow Walk will take place on Satur­day evening.

Online reg­is­tra­tion for the event closed yesterday (Wed­nes­day) but peo­ple can still take part by turn­ing up at Hemel Hemp­stead School, in Hemel Hemp­stead, by 8.30pm on the night.

Hos­pice nurse Donna Thompson, who has worked for the char­ity for more than 11 years and will be strid­ing out with her daugh­ter Daisy, 15, is urg­ing ev­ery­one to go along.

She said: “Whether you, or some­one you know, has ex­pe­ri­enced hos­pice care, or whether you know very lit­tle about the hos­pice move­ment, do come along and sup­port us on Satur­day night.

“Over the last 11 years, I’ve seen at first hand the dif­fer­ence our care makes to pa­tients and it never stops be­ing a priv­i­lege to sup­port them and their fam­i­lies.

“By walk­ing, and rais­ing what we can, we’re all do­ing our bit to gen­er­ate the funds the hos­pice needs to look af­ter well over 2,000 pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­ness ev­ery year.

“And the mid­night walk is al­ways a fan­tas­tic oc­ca­sion! It’s a whole mix of fun, gig­gles and laugh­ter but, of course, some poignant mo­ments as peo­ple of­ten walk to re­mem­ber some­one spe­cial. If you’ve not done one, do come along and see what the buzz is about.”

The Glow Walk starts with a spe­cial Rave-Fit rou­tine at 9pm and ev­ery walk­er­receives­re­fresh­ments and a medal at the end of the five or 10 mile route.

The hos­pice’s events fundraiser Nicky MaxwellBraith­waite added: “Do come and glow for it with us on Satur­day night. Ei­ther walk with us or, if you live on the route, why not glow up your house or sim­ply leave your lights on af­ter mid­night to show your sup­port for the hos­pice!”

To help the hos­pice raise the £4.8mil­lion it needs ev­ery year to pro­vide its free care for Bucks and Herts peo­ple liv­ing with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses, and their fam­i­lies, sign up by pay­ing reg­is­tra­tion costs £20 for adults or £15 for over-10s and in­cludes a pink Glow for It T-shirt.

Visit www.stfran­cis.org. uk/mid­night­walk.

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