A Midnight Carnival
A stream of flashing bunny ears could be seen trailing the streets of Weybridge on Friday night as one of our most popular events of the year took place. The Midnight Walk, which in now in its 9th year, was fantastically attended, as over 900 walkers lined up at the start, at Mercedes Benz World in Brooklands, to complete the 8 mile walk in the middle of the night.
Walkers were doing the sponsored event to raise money for us and of course, many were walking in memory of someone. This year the money raised is particularly helping support our New Build Appeal.
Historically an event for women to participate in, the scattering of male volunteers who had come to support our walkers and help keep them safe, were nigh on lost in what could easily have been mistaken for a giant hen party! Inspired by Rio Olympics, the Brazilian Theme ensured a real carnival atmosphere, with face-painting, colourful merchandise, samba music and salsa dancing. Hope the Heart, the Hospice New Build Appeal Mascot, was also meeting & greeting the guests.
The party atmosphere did not detract from the reason so many women turned out en-masse, and a memory wall where people could write messages for the people they wanted to remember as well as a minutes silence, followed by a heartfelt rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by volunteer and professional singer Jane Cuva, allowed the crowd to focus for a moment on those who could not be there with them that evening. Women like Patricia Chipping from Shepperton, who was taking part for the 7th year in memory of husband Roy, raising £1000. And ‘Lisa’s Lovelies’: Sally, Vanessa, Dawn, Helen, Tayna and Debbie, walking for their friend Lisa who is currently being cared for at Sam Beare.
Owliver Awards were presented for the ‘Best Dressed Ladies’ who were:
The “Old Woking & Westfield Girls” team: Kim Ede, Jean Chantry, Dawn Maslin, Jennifer Marlow and Louise Manning.
And Lucy Venmore from Team Tracy.
The winner of the Going The Extra Mile Award was Debbie Ryeland. Who has been taking part in the walk for a number of years, and despite being unwell recently still took on the responsibility of ‘Lead Walker’ and led the ladies safely around the 8 mile route, as she does year after year. As well as taking part and supporting the Hospices herself, Debbie has roped her family into taking part in the walk, as well as her husband and daughter supporting the event as marshals. Debbie’s strength and dedication to the Midnight Walk is commendable and greatly appreciated by the Hospices.
Other nominees for the award were Nicola Baker, Sarah Goldsmith, Teresa Flurry, and Cassandra Gray. Many of these ladies have shown extraordinary efforts to take part and fundraise for the Hospices, overcoming an illness or taking part whilst dealing with a bereavement. We are sincerely grateful for their support!
Many of our fabulous prizes were won and collected on the night, but we still have a few prizes unclaimed! If you have any of the below winning raffle ticket numbers please contact the Fundraising Team on 01483 881752 to claim your prize!
13 – Springtime Snack Bowl
15 – Bottle of Champagne
17 – Ladies Gemstone Necklace
36 – Bottle of Blush Pino Grigio Wine
39 – Jewellery Box
53 – Summer Beach Bag
76 – DKNY Perfume Set
The Midnight Walk will be repeated again next year and everyone is invited to the party! Get your walking shoes on and raise money for your Hospices whilst having a giggle with the girls. Alternatively find out more ways that you can fundraise for the Hospices by yourself, with your family or with friends, by visiting the events page.
You can view our highlights video on our YouTube channel.
In the photo is Hope and staff and volunteers from Sam Beare Hospice.