ST CATHERINE’S Hospice is asking women to ‘have a heart’ and join their annual Midnight Walk in Horsham.
The hospice in Crawley hopes to raise much needed funds to provide care and support for patients and their loved ones across the area.
They hope this year’s women-only half-marathon, on June 11, will attract 1,300 people. The 13-mile course begins and finishes in Horsham Park.
Last year, more than 1,000 women strode out in style with friends, family, work or school friends and raised £160,000.
St Catherine’s event fundraiser, Jen Wickham, unveiled plans for the 2011 event at a gathering at the hospice charity shop in East Street, Horsham.
Jen said: “The Midnight Walk is a real standout in our event calendar and every year women tell us how much they enjoy the walk and its atmosphere.
“Whether you are walking in memory of a loved one, or want to challenge yourself in support of a local cause, we hope 1,300 ladies will line up with us for a night to remember.”
Although the Midnight Walk is ladies-only, men are encouraged to show their support by volunteering as event marshals.
The entry fee for walkers is £15 and the closing date for applications is May 27.
Every walker receives a special Midnight Walk t-shirt, email newsletters to help with training and sponsorship ideas as well as refreshments and a well-deserved breakfast and medal on the night.
This year’s Midnight Walk is being promoted in association with Southern Railway.
For more information, to register for a place or sign up as a volunteer, contact 01293 447364, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk