Make a date for this year’s Moonlit walk

(l-r) Stephanie Cloke, Jean Evans, Rachel Hewett, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Lynne Stagg, Susan Hewett, Ian Young and Sophie Gunner. ''Launch of The Rowans Moonlit Memories Walk 2014 at Biscoes solicitors, Kingston Cresent, North End, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14503-170)
(l-r) Stephanie Cloke, Jean Evans, Rachel Hewett, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Lynne Stagg, Susan Hewett, Ian Young and Sophie Gunner. ''Launch of The Rowans Moonlit Memories Walk 2014 at Biscoes solicitors, Kingston Cresent, North End, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14503-170)
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THEY’VE taken part in a fundraising stroll for the past six years.

And this year will be no different for Rachel Hewett, and her mother-in-law Susan Hewett, 68.

Both will be participating in the seventh Moonlit Memories Walk, which is on June 21 this year.

The annual fundraiser is the biggest event for The Rowans Hospice.

It starts at 11pm on Castle Field, and people can choose between a 12-mile or six-mile route.

Rachel, a teacher, of Copnor Road, Copnor, said: ‘Every year we have taken part because we like to support local causes, and we enjoy the walk.

‘We have visited the hospice and it offers a brilliant service and atmosphere.

‘This year is more significant though, as my aunt died from cancer.

‘She did not have the use of a service like 
The Rowans, and this 
made her passing very different.’

The walk is open to people aged 13 or over, and participants will get a T-shirt, water en route, a celebration breakfast, and a medal at the end.

The route takes in the seafront and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

And walkers can stop off at Portsmouth Cathedral, where people can light a candle and remember lost loved ones.

Ian Young, honorary trustee of the hospice, said: ‘I’m a keen walker, and walking is a great sport to do. This event therefore not only gives people a chance to walk around Portsmouth at night, along a lovely route, but is a bit more than that for most people.

‘It’s a memory walk, and it’s something they do to remember their close relatives and friends, who are no longer with us.

‘And from that point of view, it’s a really poignant event.

‘It’s a great event to support the hospice, as each year we need so much money to keep it going.’

Registration closes on Friday, June 13.

Every young person aged 13 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more, visit rowanshospice.co.uk