Join char­ity’s walk­ers for up­lift­ing night in py­ja­mas

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By He­len Fair­ley

Hun­dreds of peo­ple will be pulling on their night­clothes on Satur­day to take part in the an­nual Pil­grims Hos­pices Py­jama Walk.

This year’s event will take place on Satur­day from the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let and although reg­is­tra­tions are now closed, any­one keen to par­tic­i­pate can still en­ter at 8.30pm on the night.

Take on the 10km cir­cu­lar route for just £15 for adults and £10 for un­der-16s, with money raised go­ing to­wards Pil­grims’ fund­ing, of which the lo­cal com­mu­nity pro­vides 77%.

Those tak­ing part can also en­joy free en­ter­tain­ment be­fore the 10pm walk gets un­der way.

Ash­ford res­i­dent Gareth Lane is walk­ing in me­mory of his father, Des­mond, who was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in Oc­to­ber 2015 and was cared for at the hospice.

He said: “Dad was a strong in­di­vid­ual and he would not let this dis­ease stop him mak­ing the most of ev­ery mo­ment.

“Pil­grims Hos­pices of­fered both my dad and mum an in­cred­i­ble amount of care and sup­port.

“The amaz­ing staff made him feel as com­fort­able as he would have been in his own home.”

Pil­grims Hos­pices com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager Vic­to­ria Lawrence said: “We are so grate­ful to Gareth and to all of the walk­ers who are get­ting be­hind this event and to our amaz­ing com­mu­nity spon­sors An­drew & Co Es­tate Agents and Gi­vau­dan.

“Some of our sup­port­ers have di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence of our care, oth­ers may not but all are wel­come to come to­gether for this fun and up­lift­ing event.

“Events like this re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to us so we can be there for the thou­sands of peo­ple who rely on our ser­vices each year.

“Last year we raised over £23,000 for hospice ser­vices. It would be fan­tas­tic if we can achieve that again this time.”

Pil­grims has three hos­pices in Can­ter­bury, Ash­ford and Thanet, of­fer­ing spe­cial­ist care and act­ing as a hub from which they de­liver a wide range of dayto-day sup­port for adults of any age with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.

You can spon­sor Gareth at www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/ Gareth-Lane3.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Py­jama Walk, go to www. pil­grimshos­pices.org/pjwalk.

A spe­cial pic­ture fea­ture on this year’s Py­jama Walk will ap­pear in next week’s pa­per.

Raf­fles, the Pil­grims Hos­pices’ mas­cot, tells his chums about the Py­jama Walk on Satur­day from the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let

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