Alison Hilton, 50, from Worthing, will be walking the St Barnabas House Night to Remember 13.1 mile route for the fourth time at midnight on Saturday 25 June. It has become a tradition for Alison and her two daughters, Abbie, 25, and Laena, 22, to walk together to remember their much- loved dad and grandad, Vic Olliver, who was 61 when he was cared for in the In-patient Unit at the hospice in 2009.
The trio always set themselves a challenge to walk faster than they did the previous year. “Every year we get quicker and quicker,” said Alison. “We love all the build-up in the hall, but once we are outside, at the start, we put our heads down and power-on!”
Last year, Alison had something else to be proud of; she was the Top Individual Fundraiser, raising £2,525 for St Barnabas House’s Hospice at Home night service. Her daughters also raised about £200. Alison says: “It makes us feel proud to know that what we raised last year, is the equivalent of 11 nights of care by the Hospice at Home team in patients’ own homes -it kind of says a big thank you to the amazing nurses, and shows our appreciation of all they did for my dad when he was in the hospice.”
The Night to Remember midnight walk is well-known locally as being a truly fun and memorable night, and emotions run high as walkers gather at Worthing Leisure Centre on the night. Alison loves this and says: “It makes me well up with emotion just thinking about it, the support and feeling of togetherness in the hall is amazing among a thousand ladies all wanting to help St Barnabas House.
“I love the fact that this event is just women but I do also intend on signing up for the South Downs Trek in October this year and walking for St Barnabas with my husband, and we can train together in the summer.”
Jess Sisan and her team of eight, ‘Are We There Yet,’ were the top fundraising team in 2015, raising £2,068. Jess, Carol Day, Madeline Betts, Laura Jeffery, Sheryl Martin, Margaret Osborne, Elaine Purtell, Helen Ronney work together at Retirement Advantage, Worthing, and decided to raise money for St Barnabas House in 2015, and help the hospice with which some of them had a personal connection. Jess said: “We were thrilled to raise so much for such a good cause, and in the process some of us lost weight and we all benefitted from getting fitter. We took part in the 20 mile walk, so we did need to do some training. We walked together once or twice a week in our lunchbreaks and found it really bonding.
“I would recommend the Night to Remember midnight walk to anybody, it was the most fun, challenging thing some of us had ever done and the atmosphere was incredible from start to finish.”
Kerry O’Neill, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas House said: “In the past eight years, more than 8,000 walkers have raised over £1 million for the hospice which is fantastic. This year we hope to welcome 1,200 ladies to help us reach even more people who need hospice care at home.”
If you register before 8 April you can take advantage of the early bird rate of £15. Get your friends, family and work colleagues together and have a truly fun and memorable night.
If you can rally five others to walk with you, the hospice would value you as one of their ‘Superstars’, and you can apply for the sixth place free.
Register now at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/stb or call the Events Team for more information on being a ‘Superstar’, on 01903 706354.