Hospice appeals for volunteers for its midnight walk

SUSSEX children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House is urging women to sign up for the Eastbourne Night to Remember Midnight Walk which takes place on Saturday May 19, as registration closes on April 30.

Over the past two years, women have taken to the streets and seafront of Eastbourne and raised a collective £132,000 for the hospice. The walk will start from The Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne and costs £15 per person to enter, with each walker being given a Night Pack, including an exclusive purple t-shirt, torch and medal, as well as a fundraising pack and refreshments en route.

Chestnut Tree House events fundraiser Joanna Carden said: “We are inviting you to gather your girlfriends and let your star shine for a ‘Night to Remember’ - a ten mile walk along Eastbourne’s seafront, raising money for Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex.”

At least four Eastbourne Mums whose children receive support from Chestnut Tree House will be participating in the walk for the third time, including Jackie Hoadley, Marie Baker, Tandy Hearne and Michaela Sayers.

Jackie Hoadley, whose seven-year-old son Mathew has cerebral palsy and uncontrollable epilepsy and has been visiting Chestnut Tree House for the last six years, recently called for local women to participate in the walk.

She said: “We are Mums of children who need a lot of care 24/7 and the hospice helps us with that care and gives us the chance to re-charge our batteries and have a break once in a while, knowing that our children are having a great time and being given excellent one-to-one care by their brilliant team, so please support us and come out for the Midnight Walk.”

“The Midnight Walk is great fun – it’s very well organised and marshalled and it’s a lovely feeling to walk in the night with lots of other women. Last year our group dressed as the Fairy Odd Mums and this year we’re dreaming up a new outlandish costume to wear in the walk colour, which is purple.”

Find out more and register at www.nighttoremember.org.uk.