Get­ting ready for bed… and ready for our walk

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

The Pil­grims Hos­pices ‘fam­ily’ of sup­port­ers, staff and vol­un­teers are busy get­ting every­thing ready for the char­ity’s an­nual Py­jama Walk around Ash­ford on Satur­day, June 25.

To­gether the whole Pil­grims team gives care and com­fort to local peo­ple on its three in­pa­tient wards, in peo­ple’s own homes and through day ser­vices where peo­ple with long-term con­di­tions can come for help. The Py­jama Walk is one of the char­ity’s big­gest fundrais­ers of the year, help­ing to keep th­ese vi­tal ser­vices run­ning.

Nu­mer­ous hos­pice staff and vol­un­teers will take part in the walk, among them Avril Evern­den, who works with pa­tients as part of Pil­grims day ser­vices team, who will be walk­ing with her chil­dren.

She said: “Many of the peo­ple who take part in the Py­jama Walk do so be­cause they have a fam­ily mem­ber who has been sup­ported by the hos­pice. By tak- ing part my­self, it helps my chil­dren get some un­der­stand­ing of the work I do and why it is so spe­cial to me.”

Sue McGeever, Day Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tor, will join a band of more than 40 vol­un­teer mar­shals who are there on the night to make sure every­thing runs smoothly for the walk­ers.

She said: “I have sup­ported the Py­jama Walk for sev­eral years now. The evening is a fab­u­lous night with a lot of laugh­ter and fun as the walk­ers pass by on their way around Ash­ford. Even though many of the walk­ers have poignant mem­o­ries on the evening, it is a real cel­e­bra­tion of their loved ones lives.”

Rosie Press, a vol­un­teer ther­a­pist at Pil­grims Hos­pice in Ash­ford, will also be on hand at the Py­jama Walk pro­vid­ing foot mas­sages to walk­ers as they com­plete the chal­lenge.

She said: “Sup­port­ing the event is just a small way for me to thank all the local peo­ple who have come to­gether to raise much needed fund for Pil­grims.”

Cate Rus­sell, Pil­grims Hos­pices chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “I am al­ways in awe of the huge gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity who get be­hind our Py­jama Walk, ei­ther by tak­ing part in the chal­lenge them­selves or by spon­sor­ing some­one else who’s walk­ing.” There’s still time to take ad­van­tage of the Py­jama Walk early reg­is­tra­tion fee. If you reg­is­ter to en­ter on­line be­fore June 19 the cost is £10 for adults and £5 for chil­dren un­der 16 (who must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult). If you miss this then you can still reg­is­ter on the night for £15 and £10 re­spec­tively. The fun starts at the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let at 8.30pm on Satur­day, June 25, with en­ter­tain­ment be­fore the 10k walk sets off at 10pm. Or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing about 1,000 walk­ers to take part this year. This year all walk­ers will re­ceive a free mem­ory lantern to dec­o­rate and dis­play dur­ing the walk be­fore they are laid in Vic­to­ria Park, Ash­ford on the way round the route.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01233 504111 or visit www. pil­grimshos­pices.org.

Hos­pice staff Avril Evern­den, Sue McGeever and Rosie Press pre­pare to raise money

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