On your marks, get set, glow for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

FRIDAY’S neon night gave a brand new meaning to ‘glowbal’ warming when more than 700 women put their best feet forward for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ ninth annual Midnight Walk.

WARM-UP TO WALKING THE GOOD WALK – hundreds joined in the hospices’ midnight hike that kicked off and ended at Mercedes-Benz World on Friday night

WARM-UP TO WALKING THE GOOD WALK – hundreds joined in the hospices’ midnight hike that kicked off and ended at Mercedes-Benz World on Friday night

A sea of orange T-shirts glowed as hundreds of Midnight Walkers emerged from the iconic Mercedes-Benz World premises for their eight-mile hike.

As well as the familiar flashing bunny ears illuminating the night skies, the neon theme with other glow-in-the-dark paraphernalia and face-paints added to the dazzling night delights.

OCEAN OF ORANGE – a bird’s eye view of participants preparing for the Midnight Walk

OCEAN OF ORANGE – a bird’s eye view of participants preparing for the Midnight Walk

Tutus were also in abundance, along with incandescent specs and glowsticks, all sparking an electric atmosphere from the women who had come together to raise money for the vital services of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices – it is one of the biggest fundraisers in the charities’ calendar.

The walk headed off at 10pm around the streets of West Byfleet, New Haw and Brooklands before heading back to Mercedes-Benz World. Hospices Event Fundraiser Danielle-Le Cuirot thanked them for the wonderful venue while praising the corporate sponsors who supplied refreshments and goodie bags.

THE ‘LET’S DO THIS’ TEAM – Trudi Fletcher, Lisa and Ellie Kiy, Katie and Emily Tapp and Anna Caffarey walk in memory of dad Michael Fletcher

THE ‘LET’S DO THIS’ TEAM – Trudi Fletcher, Lisa and Ellie Kiy, Katie and Emily Tapp and Anna Caffarey walk in memory of dad Michael Fletcher

She added: “I found the whole thing truly inspiring. Once all the sponsorship has been sent in, we are hoping the event will raise in excess of £100,000.”

INVALUABLE HELP AND SUPPORT– volunteer marshals await to be bussed to their respective stations

INVALUABLE HELP AND SUPPORT– volunteer marshals await to be bussed to their respective stations

Waqarun Nisa, Shahida Mahmood and Anu Modgill from Woking wanted to take part to do something for the community, and even though they were fasting for Ramadan, they were still raring to go.

Trudi Turner and her mum Marie Bakeman were taking part in memory of Trudi’s friend Kim Eastwood, who was cared for at Sam Beare. For ‘The Spiller Girls’, sisters Linda, Carol and Wendy, this would be the 7th year of taking part, which they initially did in memory of their Dad; poignantly, they’re now also doing it in their mum Beryl’s memory, as she passed away in May this year.

SHE’S THE ‘1’ – Julie Ulvmuen with Karen Lawrence and Kelly Humphries in memory of Julie’s dad

SHE’S THE ‘1’ – Julie Ulvmuen with Karen Lawrence and Kelly Humphries in memory of Julie’s dad

Julie Ulvmoen from Ashford won the ‘going the extra mile award’ for her dedication to fundraising and her involvement in the Midnight Walk. Julie walks in memory of her father Bill Watts and was thrilled with her award, saying: “I certainly didn’t expect to receive the first ‘Owliver’ award. I feel truly honoured and appreciated by the Fundraising Team. It’s something I enjoy doing and it’s nice to be recognised for it.”

A FAR STRETCH – Iona Campbell from Nuffield Health leads the warm-up before the main event

A FAR STRETCH – Iona Campbell from Nuffield Health leads the warm-up before the main event

The walk was for ladies only but the men were not left out, as many men who knew someone taking part came along to marshall the course, and were very supportive and encouraging. A huge team of other volunteers also helped with checking-in and marshalling duties.

NICE PAINT JOB – Nigel Harding  embraces the spirit of the event

NICE PAINT JOB – Nigel Harding embraces the spirit of the event

Hospice Chief Executive Nigel Harding commented: “This annual event is very poignant and I feel privileged to attend and launch the walk.

“It’s good to meet people and hear first-hand exactly what a difference the care that we provide means to so many people in our community.”

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