Midnight walkers – it’s an all-girl thing
THE message is simple. More girl power is wanted to join the all-women Midnight Walk in aid of the Pilgrims Hospices.
So far only around 200 feisty females have entered the sponsored challenge to stroll the 5.5 mile Ashford street walk, that starts and finishes at the Designer Outlet on June 13.
Organisers are hoping for 1,000 entries to walk the course through south Ashford and the town centre, in a bid to raise £100,000 for the charity.
It is being organised as a fun event with fairy wings and wands available on the night, but with a serious purpose of supporting the cost of providing dedicated care for those with terminal illness at hospices in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet.
The hospice provides 56 beds and to keep delivering care the charity has to raise more than £8 million a year.
The oldest walker to enter so far is 75-year-old Joyce Rose from Sprotlands Avenue, Willesborough, who has already started long distance walking training.
Mrs Rose, who lives quietly in retirement with her husband of 54 years, Don, is determined to complete the challenge and raise as much as possible.
The couple are the parents of the former teenage athletic star Julie Rose who died in a plane crash in America, but is remembered through the Ashford athletic stadium named in her memory.
With one in four people likely to suffer from life-threatening disease many walkers are expected to be representing a family member or friend that has benefited from hospice services.
Entry forms can be downloaded by logging on to www.kentishexpress.co.uk
They can also be collected from the hospice in Willesborough and the Pilgrims Hospice shops, or by telephoning 01227 782062.
Those who register now and pay their entry fee will receive a T-shirt to wear on the night.