Hampshire womens’ night under the stars raises cash for hospice

STEPPING OUT The walkers get ready to leave the student union.   Pictures: PicintheBox.com
STEPPING OUT The walkers get ready to leave the student union. Pictures: PicintheBox.com
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WEARING sparkling bunny ears, dozens of women took part in a moonlit walk for charity.

Around 90 women marched along Southsea seafront in a bid to raise £10,000 for Naomi House Children’s Hospice in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.

ALL EARS One team of fundraisers

ALL EARS One team of fundraisers

An energetic Zumba warm-up got the ladies ready for their five-mile walk on Saturday night.

They started at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, in Cambridge Road, before walking along the seafront and back.

Anita Lovell, 35, of Albert Road in Southsea, said: ‘It was great, it’s nice seeing everyone out and about.

‘I heard about the walk and really wanted to take part to raise money.

‘We’ve had people cheering at us out of windows and cars tooting at everyone as they go past.

‘We’ve all really enjoyed ourselves and hopefully everyone has made some money for the children’s charity.’

Volunteers from Naomi House and the university’s Volunteering in Portsmouth scheme kept a watchful eye on the women as they made their way around the city.

The five-mile route went along Southsea seafront, Eastern Parade and Southsea Common. It is the first time the moonlit walk has been held in Portsmouth.

Organiser Charlotte Steart, from Naomi House, said: ‘It was great and everything has gone really well.

‘We’re still working out how much we have raised from the event but we’re hoping to reach £10,000.

‘It’s been a lot of hard work organising it but it’s all paid off and everyone is having a good time.

‘It was really lovely seeing everyone taking part and it’s really satisfying.’

Walkers paid £15 to register for the event and it is hoped each one raised around £100 for the hospice.

The walk was also raising money for Jacksplace, a newly-opened young persons’ hospice at Naomi House.

After crossing the finishing line, the women were presented with a medal.

Jenny Nutt, 42, of Rowner Road in Gosport, said: ‘People were standing by the side of the road clapping which is nice.

‘People were going round and collecting extra donations along the route so hopefully some more money will come in that way too.

‘The walk was really nice and we’ve got music playing to keep us going. It’s great to see everyone getting out and doing something for charity.’