Local hospice St Barnabas House is making the final call for registrations for its tenth Night to Remember midnight walk on Saturday 24 June.
The deadline for registrations for the popular moonlit fundraising event is on Sunday 18 June. You can register your place at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/stb or call the St Barnabas House Events Team on 01903 706354.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the walk which has seen over 9,000 ladies take part and more than £1.3 million raised for the hospice since it the inaugural event took place in 2008.
Walkers can choose between a 7 and 13.1 mile routes through Worthing or take on the 20 mile route which takes walkers all the way along the seafront to Shoreham and back.
Lucy Bone, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas House, said: “We have lots of exciting plans for this year’s Night to Remember midnight walk!
“This year we are asking ladies to ‘light up the night’ and cover themselves in fairy lights and glow products to light up Worthing seafront, while all three routes will take ladies to the end of Worthing pier for the first time.”
Some of the ladies who have signed up to take part in Night to Remember on Saturday 24 June have shared their stories…
Ali Spear became the Hospice at Home Acting Team Lead at St Barnabas House on Monday 22 May 2017. She has taken part in Night to Remember twice in the past, walking in 2015 and 2016.
Ali said: “I am very proud to work for the organisation and represent the Hospice at Home service. I think it is an amazing and very worthwhile cause, raising money for the Hospice at Home night team.
“I see first-hand the difference this makes to our patients, particularly their loved ones as it enables them to rest knowing a responsible nurse is with their nearest and dearest.
“I am proud and humbled to be walking alongside people who have lost family and friends and I want to share this experience again with my two amazing and very supportive sisters. I have a personal goal to beat my time from last year which was 20 miles in just under five hours.
“I hope I will never need a service like the St Barnabas House Hospice at Home night service, but without people doing this it is unlikely that the service would exist.”
Sue Smith, 57, from Worthing is doing Night to Remember in memory of her mum, Sheila Alderman, who received home visits from the St Barnabas House Hospice at Home Team after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year.
Sue said: “I’m walking in memory of my mum. She was diagnosed with lung cancer out of the blue July 2016, and she passed away just seven weeks later in August, leaving a big hole in our lives.
“It means a lot to support St Barnabas House for all the hard work they do, not only with patients but the families too. The aftercare they provide after a loved one passes is brilliant. It means so much to me that I can go to a service to remember my mum or get involved with other events in memory of her.
“I’ve only taken part in Night to Remember once before which was six years ago. The atmosphere at the start and finish was great. I’m doing the seven mile walk this year and have set myself a fundraising target of £200.”
Sue is walking with her two daughters, Amy and Nicola, sister Sharon and niece Sophia as part of Team Sheila.
If you would like to support Sue’s fundraising you can do so by making a donation on her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sue-Smith69
Lucy Scriven, 37, from Littlehampton, has taken part in Night to Remember twice before and is doing the 13.1 mile route this year in memory of her father-in-law, Ted Scriven.
Lucy said: “In August 2014 my father-in-law lost his battle with cancer while in the In-patient Unit at St Barnabas House. He was in this amazing place for three days before he lost his battle.
“The past two years I’ve participated in the seven mile walk but this year I am doing the 13.1 mile walk.
“Our team, White Meadows Wanderers, is made up of a group of ladies from White Meadows Primary Academy, plus family and friends.
“We are all planning to wear hot pink capes and masks on the night, along with tutus, flashing bunny ears and noodle hair!”
White Meadows Wanderers have a combined sponsorship target of £1,745.00. If you would like to support them you can do so by making a donation on their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/companyteams/WhiteMeadowsWanderers2017
Registration for Night to Remember closes on Sunday 18 June. You can register at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/stb or call the St Barnabas House Events Team on 01903 706354.