Youngsters get the chance to see moonlit Dockyard

8/10/11     PM''Nancy Honebon with sons Daniel Honebon 7 and Lewis Honebon 4 who will be taking part in the Rowans Moonlit WalK which starts and finishes at the Historic Dockyard.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113561-1)
8/10/11 PM''Nancy Honebon with sons Daniel Honebon 7 and Lewis Honebon 4 who will be taking part in the Rowans Moonlit WalK which starts and finishes at the Historic Dockyard.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113561-1)
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HUNDREDS of children are expected to make their way to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard to take part in a magical meander.

The Rowans Hospice has organised its second Moonlight Memories Meander, which last year saw more than 400 children take part.

It is a special course to allow children aged 16 and under to take part in a walk similar to the Moonlit Memories Walk that is held each year in June for adults.

Organisers are hoping this year’s walk, which is being held in the October half-term holiday, will see more than 500 people come along.

Joining in will be Nancy Honebon, of Tennyson Road, Copnor, with her sons Daniel, seven, and Lewis, four, who took part last year.

The 35-year-old said: ‘My mum volunteers at the hospice and told us about the walk.

‘We try to support the Rowans as much as possible and the children get very excited about the walk.

‘It was quite spooky walking around the dockyard last year. The pathway was all lit up.

‘Seeing HMS Victory at night was great.

‘It was like a little adventure for the kids.

‘We took part in a group and I’d encourage people to come along as it’s real family fun.’

The meander takes place on Thursday, October 27, and starts at 6pm.

The one-and-a-half mile route goes around the dockyard and into parts of Portsmouth Naval Base, which aren’t usually open to members of the public.

Children can choose to go round again to complete the three-mile challenge.

Each participant will get a medal to say they have completed the course.

This year children are also being invited to make and decorate a star to place on a moonlit memories board.

The stars will be on display at the end of the meander and also at the hospice’s Light Up a Life service on December 11, in Guildhall Square.

Amanda Mahoney, events fundraiser for the hospice, in Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook, said: ‘This will be a truly magical and memorable evening for everyone involved, especially the children as they celebrate their achievement of not only completing the meander but also knowing they are helping others.’

Money raised goes towards running and maintaining the hospice.

This includes its 19 in-patient and two family rooms, the daycare centre and bereavement support for both adults and children.

It costs £5 to register each child for the walk, which includes refreshments.

One adult can accompany up to four children and all children must be with an adult.

Last year, the meander raised more than £19,000, a target of £25 has been set for children to raise, but any donation is welcome.

For more information call (023) 9223 8533 or email moonlit-memories@rowanshospice.co.uk.

You can visit rowanshospice.co.uk to download a registration form.

The closing date to register is Friday, October 21.