Seaford charity shop wants participants in the midnight walk

THE ONLY children’s hospice in Sussex, Chestnut Tree House, is inviting people to the opening party of their new shop in Broad Street on Friday April 20 from 3pm-6pm.

Visitors can look forward to treats and a prize draw for people who sign up to participate in their Eastbourne Midnight Walk in May.

MP Norman Baker MP and David Allam, the High Sherriff of East Sussex, will attend.

Chestnut Tree House event organiser Jo Carden said: “All those who drop in on Friday and sign up to either take part or help marshal the Midnight Walk will be given a glass of wine and be entered into a prize draw to win a free hair cut and style kindly donated by Huckleberry Hair on Broad Street.”

Over the past two years, more than 1,000 women have taken to the streets and seafront of Eastbourne for the Midnight Walk – which will this year be held on Saturday May 19 - and have raised a collective £132,000 for Chestnut Tree House, to keep the hospice running.

Parent Jackie Hoadley, whose child is helped at the hospice, “You never know when you might need a hospice for your child and Chestnut Tree House is a lovely, tranquil place to enjoy your child’s life or end of life – it’s a great thing for mums like us.

“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.” The walk will start from The Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne, and costs £15 per person to enter, which includes a ‘Night Pack’, including an exclusive purple t-shirt, torch and medal, a fundraising pack and refreshments en route.

Registration closes on April 30, 2012 and women are being urged to register now to avoid disappointment.

Sign up at or come along with your friends to the shop launch to sign up and enjoy the pamper evening.