Walk­ing un­der the stars

Hos­pice hopes to raise £100k for vi­tal ser­vices

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WALK­ERS wore pink and their best bling to take on the chal­lenge of the an­nual mid­night walk for Michael So­bell Hos­pice on Fri­day, with an amaz­ing £100,000 raised for the char­ity.

MICHAEL So­bell Hos­pice is hop­ing to net £100,000 af­ter a thou­sand peo­ple joined in its spon­sored mid­night walk on Fri­day.

More than 60 teams of mostly women wear­ing pink, but also men and pooches, set off from the hos­pice in North­wood on a five and a half mile or nine mile walk un­der the moon­light.

Wear­ing pink cow­boy hats, jew­ellery and bunny ears – and even flash­ing bones for the dogs – they col­lec­tively smashed the hos­pice’s tar­get of £80,000, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the pro­vi­sion of end of life care.

The event has been run­ning for six years and is the big­gest fundraiser in the Michael So­bell Hos­pice cal­en­dar.

It kicked off with a lively Zumba style warmup ses­sion on the lawn given by An­gelo Pignone and his team from High­grove Leisure Cen­tre.

There was live mu­sic a along the route to keep walk­ers en­ter­tained, and walk­ers were of­fered fruit, wa­ter and sweets at stops along the way.

Ophe­lia Cham­bers-Henry, fundrais­ing man­ager for the hos­pice, said: “We are so de­lighted with the amount of lo­cal peo­ple who came along and sup­ported the event this year.

“The at­mos­phere was fan­tas­tic and ev­ery­one had a great night.

“Many of the walk­ers had some con­nec­tion with the hos­pice and were walk­ing in mem­ory of friends and fam­ily, oth­ers sim­ply wanted to sup­port a good lo­cal cause.

“Thank you to all the won­der­ful vol­un­teers who gave up their free time and helped out on the night – we sim­ply couldn’t have done it with­out them.” Roger Pol­lard of Sav­ills, the event spon­sor, said: “The work Michael So­bell Hos­pice car­ries out is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial and a cause close to our hearts.

“Many of our clients have con­nec­tions with the hos­pice and we are de­lighted to be able to sup­port it.”

n WALK THE WALK: Amy and Ali­son King, walk­ing in mem­ory their fa­ther and grand­fa­ther John

n MILES AHEAD: All set to walk, He­len Flan­na­gan, above, at the An­nual Ladies in the Night walk in aid of the Michael So­bell Hos­pice. Caro­line Kin­sella, right, opted for snazzy head­wear

n TEAM EF­FORT: Above, the Brunel team. Left, Sis­ters of the Ring unite, Pam Gates, Jac­qui Parker and Shel­ley Black­burn

n MAS­COT: The Tarts with Hearts – com­plete with Lexi the dog. Be­low, The 68 strong West Lodge Walk­ers team

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