Py­jama Walk - pic­ture spe­cial

Pic­tures cour­tesy of James Will­mott, Alex Ralph and Eleanor Sheath

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Al­most 1,000 peo­ple braved thun­der­storms to take part in the Pil­grims Hos­pices’ an­nual Py­jama Walk last Satur­day.

This year’s PJ Walk – the eighth night-time cir­cu­lar stroll around Ash­ford – has so far raised more than £7,000 for the char­ity with money still com­ing in.

De­spite thun­der­storms, tor­ren­tial rain and even a power out­age, ev­ery­one tak­ing part was de­ter­mined not to let the weather dampen their en­thu­si­asm.

Just un­der 200 de­ter­mined peo­ple even signed up to take part on the night in spite of the rain.

The Ash­ford Sings! choir got par­tic­i­pants in the mood at the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let where the walk started and fin­ished.

Vic­to­ria Lawrence, Pil­grims’ com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager, said: “A huge thank you to the choir for pulling out all the stops to keep the show go­ing de­spite the chal­lenges brought on by the weather. Thanks too to our bril­liant friends John Webbo Web­ster and Samba Pelo Mar who teamed up with our ex­er­cise leader Paris Robin­son and his ex­er­cise as­sis­tants from Body Fit For­ever to warm up the walk­ers – in­vent­ing a new kind of style ‘Sam­bacise’.”

By the time the walk­ers set off the rain had stopped.

This year many walk­ers car­ried mem­ory lan­terns with them to Vic­to­ria Park where they were laid on the steps of the Hu­bert Fountain as a me­mo­rial for their loved ones. The sight of 600 lan­terns light­ing up the park and fountain was truly poignant.

Lu­cie Lochhead and friend Chris­tine Cox both laid lan­terns. Lu­cie said: “The lan­terns were lovely. It felt so spe­cial to put them down in the park and to re­mem­ber our loved ones. It was a nice ad­di­tion to the event.”

Vic­to­ria Lawrence added: “The Py­jama Walk is a high­light in our fundrais­ing cal­en­dar ev­ery year and 2016 has been no ex­cep­tion.

“We are thrilled that over 950 walk­ers signed up to pound the streets in sup­port of our char­ity and as al­ways we were blown away by the pos­i­tiv­ity and unity among our sup­port­ers.

“Spon­sor­ship is still rolling in and we can’t wait to an­nounce the fi­nal to­tal. I would like to say a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who took part.”

She thanked An­drew & Co and Gi­vau­dan , who both spon­sored the event, and Ash­ford De­signer Out­let for the use of the venue as a start and fin­ish

point.

Lan­terns ded­i­cated to loved ones were left in Ash­ford’s Vic­to­ria Park; Lisa Cox, Na­dine Cox, Abi­gail Man­ning, Adam Wraight, Na­dine Wilkin­son, Zoe and Ben Wilkin­son, Jan­ina Smith, Anya Sher­ratt, Carol Griffin and Lily Ever­est

Janet’s mid­night run­ners bring the bub­bles

Trudie Boor­man, Grace Boor­man, Mil­lie Wood and Abi Am­bler

The Samba Pelo Mar band en­ter­tained the par­tic­i­pants

Diane Stone gives a foot mas­sage to one of the first walk­ers to cross the fin­ish line

Louise Martin, Gareth Lane and Sarah Sk­ingle

Ge­off, Joules and Jas­mine Bushell

Colour­ful

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