THE weather may be gloomy – but that won’t stop an event which will see thousands of people walking in memory of their loved ones going ahead.
Up to 1,400 walkers are expected to stroll through the streets of Portsmouth as part of the Rowans Hospice’s Moonlit Memories walk on Saturday.
And in the meantime, participants are being urged to prepare themselves for wet weather on the night.
Amanda Mahoney, of the hospice, said: ‘Regardless of how bad the weather gets, the event is definitely not going to be cancelled.
‘We recommend that people wear waterproof gear, especially water-proof shoes or wellies.
‘Though we’re expecting heavy rain, it’s going to be a fantastic night.’
The 12-mile route begins at Castle Field, Southsea, goes around Old Portsmouth, before finishing at the Historic Dockyard.
During the evening, a steel band will play and Nuffield Health and Fitness instructor Stacey Merritt will lead a warm-up exercise before hand.
Radio DJ Adrian Knight will be on hand help to get people in the mood.
Spectators can shelter from the weather at the Historic Dockyard’s Boathouse No.7 function room, which will be open all night.
To mark the fifth anniversary of the walk, the minimum age limit has been dropped to 13 years old so more families can take part.
And a shorter five-mile course has also been introduced.
The hospice hopes the annual walk will help to raise more than £200,000 towards its efforts.
Over the past four years a total of £1.25m has been donated.
The event is being sponsored again by Biscoes law firm, in Kingston Crescent, Kingston.
‘Though there are slightly less people taking part in the walk this year we’re still hoping to raise as much as we normally do,’ Amanda said.
Though online registration closed last Friday, it is still not too late for people to enter.
To enter visit the Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook and sign up before 5pm today.