Worthing charity St Barnabas House is preparing for its biggest ever Night to Remember midnight walk to celebrate 10 years of holding the event.
Taking place on Saturday 24 June, the tenth popular moonlit fundraising event will see over 1,000 ladies setting off at midnight on a walk along Worthing seafront to raise vital funds for their local hospice.
Since the first time it took place in 2008, Night to Remember has gone from strength to strength and last year’s event raised a huge £135,000 for the St Barnabas House Hospice at Home night service.
Over the past nine years over 9,000 ladies have taken to the streets of Worthing and have collectively raised over £1.3 million for their local hospice.
As it is the tenth time the charity has held the walk, there will be some very special additions to ensure that it truly is a ‘Night to Remember’.
Lucy Bone, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas House, said: “We have lots of exciting plans for this year’s Night to Remember which is all set to be the biggest ever!
“This year we are asking ladies to ‘light up the night’ and cover themselves in fairy lights and glow products to light up Worthing seafront.
“We are delighted to announce that this year the route will take the ladies down Worthing pier, with all three routes able to walk around the pier for the first time! There will also be more exciting surprises to follow on the night.”
As usual, ladies will gather from 10 pm at Worthing Leisure Centre where there will be entertainment including music and live updates on the fundraising total by DJ Millsy from More FM, the usual pre-walk warm up, photography, face painting and a tombola.
There will be a stall where ladies can buy all their glow accessories to “light up the night” and new for this year there will also be male models from Butlers with Bums mingling with the walkers for photo opportunities.
Once they are all warmed up and ready to go, walkers will set off into the night, lit up by their luminous outfits and glow sticks.
As in previous years, there will be a choice of 7, 13.1 and 20 mile routes, all of which will include a walk around the pier. The turnaround point for the challenging 20 mile route will be a crossing of Shoreham’s £10 million footbridge over the River Adur.
The longest route covers a large area of the St Barnabas House catchment area for patients, which stretches as far east as Shoreham.
Hospice care is invaluable for many patients who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes at the end of their lives.
While the ladies participating in Night to Remember walk through the night, the St Barnabas Hospice at Home Team will be providing support to patients and families through the difficult night-time hours.
During 2016, 409 patients were referred to the Hospice at Home Team for end of life or palliative care at home.
The team, which operates a night sitting service from 10pm to 7am, made 389 night sit visits and delivered 3,562 hours of care as a result of those visits.
The first person to sign-up for this year’s Night to Remember was Marie Hamilton who also took part in last year’s trek as part of the ‘Glad’s Girls’ team.
The team, who were walking in memory of Marie’s mum Kate Gladden who received end of life care from the St Barnabas House Hospice at Home Team, was made up of 46 family members and friends who raised an incredible £21,320.45.
Marie said: “After taking part in Night to Remember in 2016 there was no way I wasn’t going to sign up for this year’s walk.
“It was such an incredible thing to be part of and it was the least I could do to say thank you for St Barnabas for taking such good care of my mum. The 20 miles was hard work but the promise of a bacon roll kept us going to the finish line!”
Registration for Night to Remember is now open and closes on Monday 12 June.
You can register to take part at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/stb or by calling the St Barnabas House Events Team on 01903 706354.