Capes of good hope

THE CALL is out for 1,000 ‘heroes’ to swish their capes and join the 10th annual Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Midnight Walk on Friday 19 May.

The women-only event, sponsored by Trident Honda, aims to recruit 1,000 walkers topping last year’s tally of more than 900 who raised more than £120,000 for the charity.  The Walk starts at Woking Leisure Centre at 10pm to follow an eight-mile route back to the centre, with refreshments halfway at the new hospice site. Freedom Leisure, which operates Woking Leisure Centre, is providing the venue as well as training support for participants.

Walkers can buy a bright pink ‘hero’ cape through Woking & Sam Beare Hospice which they can customise at home or at a ‘pimp my cape’ stall at the beginning of the walk, to wear with a free event T-shirt. The now-traditional bunny ears will also be on sale at the event.

Patricia Chipping

Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper, who will be walking with the members of the hospice executive team, says: “I hope lots of ladies will be inspired to join us, as everyone who fundraises and support our charity is a hero to us! A big thank you to Trident Honda, our headline sponsors, who are supporting this fantastic event for the first time.”

Patricia Chipping, who was Sponsorship Superstar in the 2016 event, having singlehandedly raised £2,100 when she completed the walk with her 22-year-old granddaughter Emily, has already signed up for this year’s event. “Both my best friend Barbara and her husband Colin received their care, and my husband Roy also passed away in the hospice. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years before being diagnosed with lung cancer,” she says.

“For me, staying on the ward was such a relief, because I knew that I didn’t have to cope by myself, and that I could always have a break knowing that Roy would be supported. I was also comforted to know that I wouldn’t be alone when he passed away.”

To find out more or to sign up for your early bird £10 Midnight Walk place (discount available until 3 April, places £15 after that date) please visit If you would like to support the new build appeal you can also donate online through

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