Midnight Walk hospice hero – our social worker Caroline is in training

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Social Worker, Caroline Hodgson, is one of our Midnight Walk ‘hospice heroes’. She has persuaded wife Gemma and friends Anthea Cooke and Nicky Bateman to walk the Midnight Walk course as a team of four in support of our charity for the first time.

The ladies-only walk, with headline sponsor Trident Honda, will leave Woking Leisure centre at 10pm (after registration from 8pm) on Friday 19 May and follow an 8-mile route back to the leisure centre. Participants can wear a pink superhero cape to tie in with the event’s theme of ‘hospice hero’, plus the now-traditional bunny ears!

Woking resident Caroline said, ‘I started working at the hospice last August and I am passionate about supporting the work we do. I’m not very sporty; I think I last did a long walk as a teenager! I had already started doing the ‘couch to 5k’ challenge and then decided that the Midnight Walk would be a great target to aim for. I’m also thinking about running the hospice’s Santa Fun run later in the year. As a team we hope to raise £500; everyone has been very generous so we have already raised two thirds of that target. If anyone would like to support us they can donate by text on MIDW96 £3 70070. We’re all looking forward to the walk as it will be a fantastic atmosphere and a lot of fun to take part!’

Caroline is the hospice’s only Social Worker. This new role supports patients and their families across a range of areas, including accessing the right benefits, giving financial support, and providing a listening ear at a time when things can be overwhelming. Caroline is also able to offer a non-medical perspective, which supports our aim of providing a holistic approach to end-of-life care and support for families, including complementary therapies, counselling and physiotherapy.

Caroline said: ‘I work closely with colleagues in other areas, for example our counselling team, to make sure that patients and their families are put in touch with the right sort of support and expertise at the time they need it. It can be a very confusing and exhausting time and there is so much to think about. Having someone to act as a listening ear and an advocate can help patients and families to navigate their way through all sorts of concerns and practical issues can make a big difference. I often visit patients in their homes, as well as meeting with people in the hospice, and I think having the time to offer that emotional support and let people talk through issues that are concerning them is vital to their well-being.’

The Midnight Walk event is in its 10th year, and we aim to recruit 1,000 walkers aged 11 and above (walkers aged under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Funds raised will go towards the charity’s new 20 bedroom hospice in Woking’s Goldsworth Park, which will provide en-suite accommodation and state-of-the-art equipment alongside extensive daycare facilities and a café which will be open to members of the public.

Click here to find out more about our Midnight Walk.  Online registration is now closed. You can still register by phone until 12 noon on Wednesday 17 May at a fee of £15 per person. After that time you can register at the event itself from 8pm for £25 per person. Registration includes your free event T-shirt and supporters pack.

Event sponsors Freedom Leisure are also offering a free day pass and discounts on activities prior to the event, and a warm-up session with their trainers on the night to get everybody raring to go!

If you would like to find out more about other ways to support our work through our range of events please click here.