Help Rowans Hospice raise vital funds with walk under the stars

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A hospice is appealing for thousands of men and women to take part in a midnight stroll in aid of terminally ill patients.

Staff at The Rowans Hospice hope volunteers will join them in walking the streets of Portsmouth under the night sky this summer to help raise vital funds.

The fourth Moonlit Memories Walk was launched at the hospice in Purbrook yesterday. Staff and volunteers were also celebrating the three previous walks collectively raising more than 1m.

The 12-mile walk takes in major landmarks including HMS Victory in the Historic Dockyard, which is specially lit for the occasion, the Spinnaker Tower, D-Day Museum and Royal Marines Museum in Eastney. Organisers hope 2,500 people will take part in the fundraiser in June this year, and help raise 300,000.

Amanda Mahoney, events fundraiser at The Rowans Hospice, said: 'This is a wonderful event that anyone over 16 can take part in.

'It's an opportunity to remember a close family member or friend, to raise vital money to support The Rowans and also to get fit. I would encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to secure their place and avoid disappointment.'

One of the first people to sign-up to the walk is Ruth White, the chief executive of the hospice, who has done it every year since it began.

She said: 'It's a wonderful atmosphere on the night and actually very humbling looking at people who have chosen to personalise their T-shirts in memory of someone.

'So as well as being fun it's a very poignant event, and a great personal challenge.'

The Moonlit Memories Walk, which is sponsored by Biscoes, takes place on Saturday, June 18. The route starts at Castle Field, Southsea at 11pm, passes along Southsea seafront and into the Historic Dockyard, and into Old Portsmouth before finally returning to Castle Field for breakfast.

If you would like to register for the event visit rowanshospice.co.uk and download a registration form or call (023) 9223 8533.