Midnight Walk

Midnight Walk

Thank you to the over 900 ladies who joined us at this year’s Brazilian Carnival themed Midnight Walk on Friday 20th May, at Mercedes-Benz World.

Our popular event saw women of all ages walk the 8 mile circular route, which this year took them through Brooklands, New Haw and Addlestone before going through Weybridge and back to Mercedes-Benz World. At the finish line entrants received a medal, goody bag and a well earned sandwich to mark their achievement!

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 and greeting the guests.

The party atmosphere didn’t 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 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 with 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.

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 great night out 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 our events page.

See all the photos here.

You can also view photos from our 2015 Midnight Walk, 2014 Midnight Walk and 2013 Midnight Walk on our Facebook page.