St Catherine’s Hospice – in West Sussex and East Surrey – is launching its flagship Midnight Walk event this week, inviting the local community to ‘Walk, Celebrate and Remember’ with the charity, and join them for a night of fun and reflection.
The Midnight Walk takes place on Saturday 10 June and will be even more special in 2023 as it marks St Catherine’s 40th Anniversary with extra entertainment, more support along the route and special prizes for top fundraisers.
Starting from The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath, participants can choose a distance to suit them of two, seven, 13 or 20 miles. The routes all go through Horsham town and provide a safe and fully marked walk.
Laura Connolly has taken part in the Midnight Walk eight times since the event began in 2011 and will be taking part again this year.
Laura says: “It is such a fun and welcoming environment and it’s inspiring seeing everyone there for the same reason. That feeling doesn’t wear off – I love it – there’s a real sense of camaraderie. The support you get on the route is great too, the marshals give you positive reinforcement the whole way round. No one is negative and they tell you how well you are doing and how much further you have to go.
“So many people taking part are walking in memory of someone. I feel that it’s a way to take the sadness that you don’t know what to do with and channel it into something positive. There are tutus and glow sticks which are fun on the night, but you also have the remembrance wall for reflection.
“Every time I cross the finish line, I feel really proud of myself because it’s a challenge, and you can hurt in places you didn’t know were there! But there is a wonderful sense of pride and as you drink your prosecco at the end, you’re so happy for everyone around you too! The more times I do it, the more times I want to do it. It’s a really positive experience.”
To launch the Midnight Walk, St Catherine’s is offering a 50% discount on the registration fee to the first 100 walkers who sign up using the code FIRST100.
Registration includes: a welcome pack, a Midnight Walk t-shirt, refreshments on the night, and an exclusive Midnight Walk medal, glass of fizz and breakfast once you cross the finishing line.
St Catherine’s encourages everyone to fundraise to help it care for around 2,000 people every year living with a terminal illness, in its hospice in Crawley, in their own homes or in care homes. Eight in ten people cared for by St Catherine’s are supported in the comfort of their own home.
Photo caption: A group of Midnight Walkers in 2022
About St Catherine’s Hospice:
St Catherine’s Hospice provides expert end of life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across West Sussex and East Surrey.
Every year, the hospice cares for around 2,000 people living with a terminal illness at its hospice in Crawley, in their own homes or in care homes. Eight in ten people cared for by St Catherine’s are supported in the comfort of their own home.
As well as expert medical care, St Catherine’s also provides emotional and practical support through its dedicated Wellbeing Team, which provides a range of services including counselling, welfare advice, bereavement support and spiritual care.
It costs around £10 million to run the hospice each year but less than a third of this comes from the NHS. The rest is raised through the support and generosity of the local community.
St Catherine’s is currently building a new, larger hospice in Pease Pottage which is due to open in Autumn 2023. It will have 24 private rooms, providing more care to more people, as well as increased community and bereavement support for future generations to benefit from in the local community.
For more information or to make a donation please visit www.stch.org.uk.