Calling all Bristol Ladies!
PUBLISHED: 17:11 06 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:19 20 February 2013
Bristol women are being urged to join in this year's fun Midnight Walk to raise money for St. Peter's Hospice. So far around 450 women have signed up to take part in the event on Saturday July 9
Bristol women are being urged to join in this years fun Midnight Walk to raise money for St. Peters Hospice.
So far around 450 women have signed up to take part in the event on Saturday July 9, which will see women enjoying a walk around the citys landmarks under the stars.
Starting at an earlier time of 10.30pm this year walkers will cover 10-miles of the city starting and finishing at Bristol City Football Club and walking through the midnight hour. Participants will pass some of Bristols most famous landmarks including the Suspension Bridge, Brandon Hill and ss Great Britain.
Launched by St. Peters Hospice last year 1,500 women took to the streets raising 150,000 for the hospice. This year, however, take up has been slower and organisers are urging people to support their local hospice and have a great night out.
St. Peters Hospice Head of Fundraising, Jo Gibbons said: At the moment we are 200 to 300 people down on what we had achieved at this point last year. It is a vital part of our fund-raising so that we can help families, who need to use the hospices services and facilities.
There are a lot of events taking place at this time of year so perhaps people are busy with other things. We want the event to be bigger and better than last year. Its great fun and very light-hearted. A lot of women treat the walk as a night out and some of the fancy dress we see is fantastic!
Women taking part know that all money raised will stay local and go towards treating the people of Bristol and supporting their families. We need 6 million per year to run so last year the Midnight Walk funded the hospice for just over 9 days which was a fantastic achievement. It would be great to raise even more money this year and fund the hospice for even longer.
St. Peters Hospice is Bristols only adult hospice caring for local people with incurable diseases and giving them a better quality of life. All care is provided free of charge but with the NHS contributing just 23% of the 6 million needed to run the hospice yearly, support from the public is essential.
Last year the hospice cared for 2,000 patients in the region and supported over 6,000 family members, including children.
Jo continued: Age and fitness really doesnt matter with this event, everyone can get involved. Sign up with family, friends and colleagues and make a night of it or simply come along and make some new friends.
I guarantee walkers will find it fun, inspiring and rewarding so lets make this year even bigger and better than last year!
Those interested in taking part in the Midnight Walk to raise vital funds for the hospice will need to register before Friday 2 June. Registration is just 12 and participants will receive an event pack containing an official t-shirt shortly before the event and refreshments and a medal at the finishing line.
For more information and to register visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk/midnight-walk