‘Ears to walking the walk for vital funds

A MARCH under the stars will close in on raising £1 million when the eighth annual Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Midnight Walk gets underway in June.

Whether you are 13 or 80, fundraisers can don those beautiful bunny ears and hop along to join the 600 or so big-hearted women completing a circuit which has raised an amazing £850,000 since it began seven years ago.

A KIND OF MAGIC – launching the Midnight Walk for June 20 are Ruth Frewin, Caroline Cook, Sue Spencer and Gill Davis

A KIND OF MAGIC – launching the Midnight Walk for June 20 are Ruth Frewin, Caroline Cook, Sue Spencer and Gill Davis

The event brings together women of all ages, and the atmosphere along the eight-mile route, which takes in Brooklands, New Haw and West Byfleet, makes for a truly magical evening.

Many women walk in memory of friends and loved ones, while others just want to take on a challenge, have some fun and support the hospices.

The event will take place on Friday, June 20, when participants will walk, talk and flash illuminated bunny ears in the dark before receiving a well-earned medal and cup of tea.

Event organiser Sue Spencer said: “Our hospices provide specialist end-of-life care services to local people across the area and the Midnight Walk has proved a popular event with women of all ages. Our youngest are just 13, while the oldest is 80, and men get involved too by helping with marshalling and administration. It’s a great atmosphere on the night.”

Gill Davis from West Byfleet Junior and Infant School has for the past three years organised a group to take part. Last year nearly 100 of them walked the walk and have raised thousands by doing so.

She said: “There’s a fantastic team spirit when we all get together to raise money – it’s an amazing feeling. We receive a lot of community support and all the local pubs allow us to take our collecting buckets in beforehand.”

Last year the school were walking in memory of Charles Frewin, a parent of four young children who was cared for by the Woking Hospice team before he sadly passed away in April 2013.

His wife Ruth, who will take part in the walk again this year, said: “The hospice counselling service has continued to support me through this first year, and I am very grateful.

“Our children are very young, so most of the time they just carry on as normal, but they did enjoy a special Remembrance Day at Mizens Railway, organised by the children’s bereavement services of the hospices.”

lStarting from Mercedes-Benz World on June 20 at 10pm, the walk follows an eight-mile circular route. Registration costs £15 at www.wsbhospices.co.uk/events or by calling 01483 881752.

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