Mid­night walk­ers – it’s an all-girl thing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

De­ter­mined

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.

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