Here’s to your good health – what the Midnight Walk can do for you

Joining our ladies-only 8-mile Midnight Walk – sponsored by Trident Honda and Freedom Leisure –  on Friday 19 May is a great chance to raise your own health levels while you raise funds for the hospices.

Jackie Waite, Studio Co-ordinator and Exercise Referral Instructor at Freedom Leisure at Woking Leisure Centre, has highlighted some of the health benefits of walking for our participants:

* Improves cardio vascular fitness and health.
* Can help to maintain bone density and prevent against osteoporosis.
* Increases calorie expenditure aiding in weight management.
* Can help to de-stress and improve psychological well-being.

Freedom Leisure will be supporting our participants with a warm up session with their training team at the start of the walk. Freedom Leisure will also be giving walkers a one day guest pass valid for activities including gym, swimming, and fitness classes, and offering a reduced price for a range of fitness classes before the event.

The Midnight Walk will start at 8pm with a welcome and registration session, leaving Woking Leisure Centre at 10pm and following an eight mile route back to the centre.

As part of the ‘hospice hero’ theme walkers can buy a bright pink ‘hero’ cape through Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. They can customise their cape at home beforehand or at a ‘style my cape’ stall during the welcome session at the beginning of the walk, to wear with the free event T-shirt featuring event mascot ‘Owliver’. The now-traditional bunny ears will also be available to buy at the event.

More than 900 walkers raised more than £120,000 for the hospices in 2016. This year we aim to recruit 1,000 walkers to mark the hospices’ 21st year providing end-of-life care and support to more than 1,400 patients and their families across North Surrey.

Funds raised by walkers will go towards the charity’s work within the hospice itself and towards the 70% of care delivered in people’s own homes. Money raised will also support the completion of a new state-of-the-art hospice, which will have 20 en-suite bedrooms, day care centre, complementary therapy and counselling facilities, and a café. It will provide a centre of excellence and resources for staff and patients alike.

Tell us who your Hospice Hero is @WSBHospices #HospiceHeroes

For more information about this year’s event please visit the Midnight Walk Website. Online registration is now closed but you can register by phone at £15 per person until 12noon on Wednesday 17 May, or at the event itself from 8pm for £25 per person. Your registration fee includes a free T-shirt and supporter pack.

The Midnight Walk is also sponsored by Trident Honda, which has supported Woking & Sam Beare Hospices during its 21 years of providing end-of-life care. In 2016 Trident Honda committed to be a major sponsor for the charity over three years.