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Martlets Midnight Walk 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:50 06 March 2015

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Its back – the biggest girls’ night out of the year, Martlets Midnight Walk, is on Saturday 13 June.

Now in its ninth year, the Midnight Walk has raised over a million pounds, which has paid for more than 2,500 days of care on the In-Patient unit. These days the Martlets look after more patients in the comfort of their own homes rather than in the Hospice itself, this kind of care costs £231 per patient per day.

Last year, brave walkers battled through wind and rain, but every single one of them made it back and between them they raised more than £73,000. The Hove based charity receives less than a third of their funding from the government and must raise £9,000 a day to care for patients and their families. Every walker and every penny raised makes a difference.

Although, many women do the walk because they have a personal connection to the Hospice, others get involved to enjoy a night out with friends, or for a personal challenge.

Antonia Shepherd, Martlets Hospice Events Manager, said: “Our Midnight Walk always has a great atmosphere as hundreds of women take to the streets of Brighton complete with flashing bunny ears, cowboy hats and face paint. Dressing up for the Midnight Walk is entirely optional, but for many planning their outfit is all part of the fun.

“The Martlets Midnight Walk always has a unique atmosphere, and this year the Hospice is celebrating its 18th Birthday – so there will be a real party feel to the evening.”

This year there are three different routes to choose from, including a new 20 mile route, so there is something for everyone. The 6 mile and 13 mile routes will start at midnight. However, 20 mile walkers will start at the earlier time of 10pm to allow for the extra distance. All the routes start from Brighton Racecourse and snake through Brighton & Hove. Marshals are on hand to ensure no one gets lost and whichever route you choose, you will be welcomed back with a well-deserved breakfast and hot drink.

Antonia continued: “It’s absolutely not about how quickly you can finish the walk, this isn’t a race. For most Midnight Walkers it’s all about dressing up and spending a night walking through Brighton with friends. It’s a girls’ night out really, supporting a local charity.

“A lot of the women who take part in the walk are doing it in memory of someone who has died. Others may not have used the hospice services themselves but the walk can be an important way of supporting friends who have lost someone.”

“Whatever your reason for taking part, however you do it and whatever you raise, you will be making a difference!”

So, sign up for the Martlets Hospice’s Midnight Walk and join hundreds of women, from all walks of life, who come together to have fun whilst raising money for this vital local charity.

To enter visit www.themartlets.org.uk/midnight, pick up a form at any Martlets Hospice shop in and around Brighton & Hove, or call the Fundraising Department on 01273 747455.

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