A woman from Copthorne is encouraging other women to join her in St Catherine’s Hospice annual Midnight Walk.
Taking place on Saturday July 2, the ladies’ only Midnight Walk challenges women of all ages and fitness levels to walk seven, 13 or 20 miles overnight. Many of those taking part know someone who has benefitted from St Catherine’s end of life care.
Over the last few weeks, nearly 100 women have agreed to join the walk.
One of them is Lisa Jarvis, whose mum was cared for by St Catherine’s.
She said: “From the moment my mum stepped through the door at the hospice, until the day she died, she was surrounded by the most dedicated and supportive people you could ever meet.
“That’s why on Saturday July 2, I’m rounding up my friends to walk through the night.”
She added: “Taking part in the Midnight Walk is a fantastic way to give something back to the hospice for the amazing care they give, not just for my Mum, but everyone they care for. On the night, there’s an incredible atmosphere and a strong sense of empowerment and collaboration.
“It’s great to see so many women coming together to raise money and help the hospice and it’s pretty special being a part of that.”
In 2015, 430 ladies took part in the walk held in Horsham to raise £65,000 for the hospice. This year, St Catherine’s is hoping to raise £80,000.
All walkers who raise £350 or more will receive an exclusive, Midnight Walk hoody and special invite to a Champagne on the Lawns as a thank you.
Just a £150 sponsorship would fund a St Catherine’s nurse providing night time care for the duration of the challenge.
Volunteers will be treated to a welcome drink, goody bag and snacks to keep them going throughout the night.
Louise Brown, events fundraiser at St Catherine’s, said: “Our Midnight Walk is a highlight of our year.
“It’s always lovely to see so many women come together and enjoy a fun night with their friends, while raising vital funds to help us support local people with a life-limiting illness.
“Every day, we need to raise more than £11,500 to provide our care and all sponsorship money from our Midnight Walk goes directly towards helping patients and their family and friends.”
Entry is £25 per person with a £5 discount for anyone signing up before Friday April 30. If you would like to take part or find out more, visit www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk or call the events team on 01293 447364.