Ladies all set to take on night chal­lenge

Walk raises funds for Michael So­bell Hospice

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Staff Re­porter ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

STAFF from Newn­ham Ju­nior School in Ruis­lip, will be strut­ting their stuff for the an­nual ‘Ladies in the Night’ chal­lenge.

They will take on the nine-mile walk on June 10 to help raise vi­tal funds for Michael So­bell Hospice (MSH) in North­wood.

A 10-strong team in­clud­ing He­len Beavis, Laura Hawkins, Belinda Gra­ham, Diane Stan­ley, Denise Richards, Vicki Roberts, Yvonne O’Kelly, Janet Biglin, Alex Lankester and Dawn Dun­can will be putting their foot power to the test for the an­nual event, now in its sixth year.

He­len said: “Last year, my mum’s part­ner (Jim) be­came ill with liver can­cer and be­cause she wasn’t able to care for him at home when he be­came bed-rid­den, he was ad­mit­ted Michael

to So­bell Hospice. My first im­pres­sion of the hospice was that it was so quiet and tran­quil.

“Hospi­tals can some­times be over­whelm­ing with all the hus­tle and bus­tle, but this was a re­laxed and calm­ing at­mos­phere – just what was needed at a very stress­ful time.

“All the staff were kind and sym­pa­thetic – ev­ery­one had time for you. Jim sadly passed away a few days later, but it was re­as­sur­ing for all of us to know that his fi­nal days had been spent in such a car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

Team mem­ber, Belinda Gra­ham, added: “My dad was cared for at Michael So­bell Hospice two years ago. The care and treat­ment he re­ceived has given me a pos­i­tive me­mory of what was an aw­ful time.”

If you would like to sign up on­line to take part in this year’s event, visit w w w. m i c h a e l s o b e l l

En­try costs £20 per per­son to in­clude a limited edi­tion T-shirt spon­sored by Sav­ills and M Moss (Re­pairs) Ltd, re­fresh­ments and a wellde­served break­fast on com­ple­tion of the chal­lenge.

Reg­is­tra­tion on the night will start at 8.30pm and walk­ers will set off from Michael So­bell Hospice, lo­cated on the Mount Ver­non Hospi­tal site, at 10pm.

Walk­ers choose from ei­ther a five and a half mile or nine-mile route and en­trants must be aged over 11 with un­der 16s ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

You can also pick up in­for­ma­tion about the event at the char­ity of­fice or any of the Michael So­bell Hospice shops in Ruis­lip, East­cote and North­wood.

Last year’s event raised £126,000 for the Hospice and saw over 1,100 walk­ers – men, women, chil­dren and pooches - of all ages and abil­i­ties tak­ing part.

n ON THEIR MARKS: Staff from Newn­ham Ju­nior School have been get­ting ready for the walk in June

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