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Chestnut Tree, the children’s hospice in Sussex, has officially launched the 2016 Night to Remember Midnight Walk. The charity is calling upon the women of East Sussex to come together and help make every day count for every child being cared for by Chestnut Tree in the area.
Now in its seventh year, the annual ladies-only sponsored walk will take place in Eastbourne at midnight on Saturday 14 May 2016, with four and 10 mile routes taking in the beautiful sights of Sovereign Harbour and the seafront at night.
Renowned for being a fun, friendly evening with a buzzing atmosphere, last year’s Night to Remember event saw 682 ladies from across the county walking to raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree. One team of 25, Yodas Angels, led by Claire Brewer, raised a staggering £2150; enough to pay for an activity day for the teenagers cared for by the hospice.
“I wanted to do the walk in memory of my 15 year old daughter Courtney, who sadly fell asleep on 2 September 2014 after a 12 week battle with leukaemia,” said Claire. “She passed away at St George’s hospital in London but Chestnut Tree allowed her to be laid at rest in one of their special bedrooms for five days. I had never been to Chestnut Tree before but had heard about it and the fantastic work they do, and wow what a place it is! We were made very welcome and could visit Courtney as and when we wanted over the five days, as could other family and friends who wanted to see her.”
“I saw an advert for the walk on Facebook and straight away had about 25 people who wanted to do it with me. It was a fantastic night, with loads going on before we set off, the warm up was great! It was quite strange as Courtney’s favourite colour was purple, and the tops we received to walk in were purple too, which made it even better. We are all looking forward to doing it again this year.”
The event is vital in raising funds for the children’s hospice. Over the past six years 3,850 ladies have pledged a collective £454,000 in sponsorship from the event, and hopes are high that this year will boost that total.
Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree says “We are aiming to double the number of children with life-shortening conditions and their families that we are caring for in East Sussex, but to do that we need to raise awareness and funds. We receive less than 7% of our funding from central government so we rely on fundraising events such as Night to Remember to enable us to offer our services.”
If you would like to join Claire and Yoda’s Angels in raising vital funds for your local children’s hospice then registration for the event closes on Monday 2 May 2016. There is also a discounted early-bird entry fee of £15 for those registering before Friday 11 March. Entry is open to women aged 16 and over and includes a fundraising pack, an exclusive t-shirt, torch and medal as well as refreshments en route and breakfast on return.
For more information on Chestnut Tree’s Night to Remember Midnight Walk 2016 please click here