Getting ready for bed… and ready for our walk
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