Midnight walkers turn out on pink patrol

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

A TEAM of nine from Barley Close Primary School were among more than 1,000 women who took part in the St Peter’s Hospice Midnight Walk.

A TEAM of nine from Barley Close Primary School were among more than 1,000 women who took part in the St Peter’s Hospice Midnight Walk.

The group completed the ten-mile course around Bristol in the dark and eventual rain and raised nearly £1,100.

Teacher Alex Capel said: “Thank you so much to all of our friends, family, colleagues and the parents at Barley Close for their generous contributions. We are delighted to raise so much for this wonderful charity. We are already planning our next advneture.”

The team comprised Mrs Capel, Lucy Beak, Alison King, Leanne Atherton, Michelle Prideaux, Sharon Harris, Jessica Rammell, Helen Woodward and Eve Griffiths.

Another local team was made up of 18 workers at Kingswood Jobcentre, who took part in memory of friend and colleague Roma Joy, calling themselves Roma’s Roamers.

Roma died in May, aged 63, following a battle with lung cancer. Ellie Berry, 38, from Kingswood, who is leading the team, said: “When Roma passed away we thought it would be nice to raise some money in her memory for the cause which supported her. She was superbly cared for by the wonderful hospice staff and the feedback we’ve heard from the family about the care she received has been amazing.”

St Peter’s Hospice events fundraiser Louisa James said: “It was great to see so many people turn up for our fifth annual Midnight Walk. The women turned up looking fabulous in their pink feather boas, tutus and fancy dress and there was an amazing atmosphere with everyone in high spirits.”

Male and female volunters acted as marshals and the event was supported by businesses including Bristol Fruit Sales, Costco, Makro, and ITS gym in Kingswood.

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice 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, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

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