We want to say thank you, says The Rowans

113828-4152 MOONLIT MEMORIES MEANDER (MOL) MRW 27/10/2011''// all pix taken at The Moonlit Memories Meander through the Portsmouth Naval Base and The Historic Dockyard - it was planned by and for the benefit of The Rowans Hospice at Purbrook - MRW // ''''Over 500 children registered for the evening plus their parents !''Picture: Malcolm Wells (113828-4152)
113828-4152 MOONLIT MEMORIES MEANDER (MOL) MRW 27/10/2011''// all pix taken at The Moonlit Memories Meander through the Portsmouth Naval Base and The Historic Dockyard - it was planned by and for the benefit of The Rowans Hospice at Purbrook - MRW // ''''Over 500 children registered for the evening plus their parents !''Picture: Malcolm Wells (113828-4152)

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SINCE it was launched 8,000 people have taken part in the Moonlit Memories Walk.

But only 76 hardy souls have taken part in every single event since it was introduced in 2008.

And to say thank you The Rowans – which organises the walk – has invited the elite participants for a celebratory evening. Staff want to say thank you to them and give them an opportunity to share their experiences.

They have invited the walkers to the Southwick Suite at the hospice in Purbrook Heath Way, Purbrook, next Thursday.

Hannah Wilding, events fundraiser at The Rowans, said: ‘We want to say thank you to all those people who have taken part in the Moonlit Memories Walk and raised much needed money for the hospice.

‘As it is the fifth anniversary we thought it would be a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the special achievement of those who have taken part every year.’

The 12-mile route is the biggest fundraising event held by the hospice and more than £1m has been raised since it was launched.

Money raised goes towards running services and the hospice.

This includes day care for up to 18 patients, 19 in-patient rooms, two family rooms and bereavement support.

The walk has been designed for people to take part and remember lost loved ones – even if they have not used the hospice’s services.

On June 16, people are asked to meet at Castle Field, Southsea, before going around Old Portsmouth and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and finishing at Castle Field.

This year’s walkers have the option of a shorter route of five miles, which will start at the same time as the longer route. Both strolls will stop at Portsmouth Cathedral where people will get the chance to light a candle.

The minimum age limit has been dropped to 13 years old, so more families can take part. People cannot register on the night and need to enter by June 8. The walk starts at 11pm.

To download a registration form visit rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8533.

For more information visit rowanshospice.co.uk.