All aboard for Midnight Walk - just one way to help hospice

Published on: 31 Mar 2014

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BALLROOM dancing, knitting, running marathons, walking over hot coals, reading – the range of activities to raise funds for St Peter's Hospice seems endless.

Then, of course, there are the shops, including those in Downend and Staple Hill.

So even if we don't have time to take action ourselves, there's no excuse for not supporting the cause by either donating or shopping.

It's much needed - as Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day. For around £13,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, funds generated by the shops and donations..

Last month saw the final of the hospice's Strictly Come Dancing competition and a Firewalk in Millennium Square.

Earlier in the year, the Knutty Knitters, who won massive national publicity over Christmas for their life-sized woollen nativity scene, handed over a cheque – knitted, of course - for more than £40,000.

Many people from our area will be taking part in the Bristol 10k next month and the half marathon in September in aid of the hospice.

Women who are slightly less energetic might like to consider the Midnight Walk on July 12.

It takes in all the sights of Bristol including the ss Great Britain, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Harbourside and offers five-mile and ten-mile route options.

It's the fifth annual event, and kicks off at 10.30pm from Ashton Gate Stadium, with participants walking through the midnight hour in pink T-shirts and fancy dress.

St Peter’s Hospice events fundraiser Maria del Carmen Moon Park said: “This is one of our most popular fundraisers and has become an established Bristol event over the years. The atmosphere is always great, with a warm camaraderie between walkers, marshals and organisers. Groups of friends and family come together for a great cause and we’ve even had some hen parties in previous years, which makes the night even more fun.”

One walker already signed up to the event is Caroline Bromley, 39 from Filton. She said: “I’m taking part with a team of colleagues from Mitie in memory of a colleague we lost last year to ovarian cancer. Becky was cared for by the hospice so we all wanted to do something to say thank you. It’s a wonderful cause and we’re glad to be supporting it.

“The Midnight Walk was brilliant fun last year, there’s a great atmosphere with all the women together so I can’t wait to do it again.”

Although a women-only event, organisers are looking for marshals – men or women - to help out on the night as well.

Early-bird registration for the Midnight Walk is available until April 30 for £15. Those who register will receive an events pack, including a T-shirt.

For more information on St Peter’s Hospice or the Midnight Walk visit www.stpetershospice.org

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