Balmy night for char­ity walk­ers

Harefield Gazette - - Your Say -

A 10-SEC­OND count­down and hun­dreds of 40th an­niver­sary bal­loons was the scene for over 850 walk­ers to start their walk­ing chal­lenge through the streets of North­wood on a balmy Fri­day night, don­ning flash­ing ac­ces­sories, bunny ears, cow­boy hats and dis­cothemed mer­chan­dise, for the an­nual Ladies in the Night Disco Fever walk in aid of Michael So­bell Hospice. Women, men and chil­dren set off at 10.00pm from out­side the hospice, based on the Mount Ver­non Hospi­tal site, to take on their five and a half or nine-mile walk – danc­ing along as they went.

Af­ter a fun build-up in cel­e­bra­tion of the hospice’s 40th an­niver­sary year, with live mu­sic from lo­cal band Any Buddy Out There and Zumba warm-ups cour­tesy of Mishi Mishi Fit­ness, walk­ers were soon lim­bered up and ready to go!

Along the way, they were cheered on and sup­ported by lo­cal res­i­dents, as well as pub-go­ers of The Misty Moon, North­wood, which had held a spe­cial 80’s night in cel­e­bra­tion of the big event – help­ing to add those ex­tra pen­nies to­wards the over­all fundrais­ing pot.

Pit-stops on route in­cluded Mer­chant Tay­lor’s School where ex­hi­bi­tion roller skaters from Rol­ladome in Ac­ton, en­ter­tained the crowd while they stocked up on en­er­gy­boost­ing treats and wa­ter, fol­lowed by fur­ther stops at North­wood Foot­ball Club, Sav­ills Es­tate Agent (cospon­sor of the walk t-shirts along with North­wood Hills-based Clearview Homes) and the char­ity’s own shop on North­wood High Street.

Pet pooches were even able to take part in the route – many were sport­ing disco fever out­fits in hon­our of the 40th an­niver­sary year of the Hospice.

Com­ment­ing on another suc­cess­ful Ladies in the Night walk, which first started in 2010, Michael So­bell Hospice Char­ity Events Man­ager, Ophe­lia Cham­bers-Henry, said: “On be­half of ev­ery­one in­volved with the char­ity, I would like to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who took part and sup­ported this event in­clud­ing all our vol­un­teers and mar­shals as well as help from our lo­cal cadets and M.O.D. per­son­nel. We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the turnout; the weather was won­der­ful, and once ev­ery­one has sent in their spon­sor­ship money, we’ll be able to an­nounce what has been raised over­all.”

She added: “As we cel­e­brate 40 years of lo­cal hospice care, it is down to the com­mit­ment, en­thu­si­asm and ded­i­ca­tion of our sup­port­ers, that we are able to con­tinue to fund the vi­tal care and sup­port pro­vided by Michael So­bell Hospice in our lo­cal area. Thank you.” The team at Michael So­bell Hospice

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