‘Thank you for taking care’
700 ‘give back’ with midnight walk for the Hospice of St Francis
HUNDREDS of men, women and children lit-up the night when they took part in a hospice’s annual midnight walk.
Nearly 600 walkers set off from Hemel Hempstead School to complete the Hospice of St Francis’ five or 10 mile routes on Saturday, June 27.
Between them, they raised more than £65,000 towards the £4.8m the Berkhamstedbased hospice needs every year to provide its free care for people across Bucks and Herts facing life-limiting illness and support for their families and carers.
The hospice’s events fundraiser Nicky MaxwellBraithwaite said: “The atmosphere was electrical and all our midnight walkers were just amazing.
“I want to say a huge thank you to every one of our walkers and 100-plus marshals and volunteers for giving up their time and to all our kind sponsors who contributed in any way to help raise much-needed funds for the Hospice and helping make it such a special night to remember.”
Latimer mum-of-two Emma Hulme, from The Grove, Parkfield, completed the 10-mile walk with fellow Chesham Prep School mum and friend Ellie Dix to thank the hospice for the ‘amazing’ care it provided for her mum, Margaret Evans, who died at the hospice in October 2013.
She said: “The walk was amazing. Of course it was emotional to be walking in memory of mum, but comforting to be walking alongside others who had lost their loved ones.
“I thought it was terrific at the start when we all gave a round of applause in memory of those who are no longer with us.”
Laura Robertson, 32, of Chessmount Rise, Chesham, took part for the first time because she wanted to do something to support her local hospice and completed the 10-mile walk by herself to remember her nan, Jean Mitchell, who died in hospital in April 2014 aged 77, following a diagnosis of cancer in 2013.
She said: “The atmosphere was great. There was lots of anticipation and excitement as well as great motivational music and glowing neon accessories! I loved every minute and I’ll definitely be back next year but with my mum and sister beside me.”
ALL EARS: Ellie Dix, Jennie Peachey and Emma Hulme and Laura Robertson, below