Tonight’s the night! Good luck to our Midnight Walkers

This evening, 700 ladies will take part in the Midnight Walk event to raise funds for our towards our new 20 bedroom hospice in Goldsworth Park, and the £8.8million it costs us each year to provide free of charge end-of-life care to 1,400 people across North West Surrey.

Sponsored by Trident Honda as part of its three-year commitment to provide major support to our hospice (building on its long-term relationship with our charity), the 10th annual Midnight Walk will leave Woking Lesiure Centre at 10pm and follow an 8 mile circular route which takes in the new hospice building as a refreshment stop halfway.

Among the hospice heroes taking part will be members of our community nursing team based in Weybridge (we have another team based in Woking) and they provide the care in people’s own homes which represents 70% of our work. Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) Michelle, Liz, Lisa, Alison and Rachel, Physiotherapist Lyn, Occupational Therapists Sabrina and Clinical Administrator Majella, while fellow CNS Rupert will be marshalling.

Majella said: ‘Most of us took part last year and it was a fantastic atmosphere right from the warm-up through to the end. It was so inspiring to see so many ladies from the local community joining in, and dressing up in the bunny ears and pink hero capes just adds to the fun! Most of us are not dedicated sporty types – it’s Lyn as the physiotherapist who keeps us going and reminds us all about training – so if we can do it, anyone can. I don’t think a coffee and a cheese sandwich has ever tasted as good as it did at the finish after a tiring but brilliant walk!’

‘We are all keen to support the hospice’s fundraising because of course we see in our daily work the huge difference the care we can provide makes to our patients and their families. I think many people are unaware that the hospice is funded through donations and our care is given free-of-charge, so we want to show our commitment to supporting the hospice in any way we can.  I also understand from a family member’s perspective what a huge difference the support and care of hospice staff can make at such an emotional time.’

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has a patient-centered ethos, and that includes enabling patients to stay in their own home if they wish to for as long as possible, often until the end of their life. The Multi-disciplinary Community Team work to achieve this by forming a vital link between home and the expertise of in-patient care hospice setting. The CNS team work alongside GP’s and District Nurses to ensure seamless care in the community. They visit any care setting: in the patient’s home, or a nursing or care home and accept referrals based on need rather than diagnosis, relating to any progressive, life threatening illness. They visit patients seven days a week and to support this, the hospice provides a 24 hour advice line.

Tonight walkers will be supported by a network of hospice marshals and volunteers in the Woking Leisure Centre and around the course, to ensure their safety and provide plenty of encouragement. Freedom Leisure are also supporting the event, and a team from Nuffield Health will also be supporting a warm-up for our walkers.

Online registration is now closed but you can still join us on the night. If you would like to take part simply come to the main hall of Woking Leisure Centre between 8 and 9pm this evening (Friday 19 May) to sign up. Registration on the day costs £25 and includes your free event T-shirt. To participate you should wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking up to 8 miles, and consider bringing a waterproof, small torch, snack and drinks (you will be given a bottle of water at the start).

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Good luck, everyone!

The ladies featured from the CNS team in our image team are (L_R):  Lisa (Community Nurse Specialist), Lyn (Senior Physiotherapist), Michelle (Community Nurse Specialist), Majella (Clinical Administrator) and Sabrina (Senior Occupational Therapist)