THERE’S just a week left before hundreds of walkers will step out for a poignant midnight stroll.
The sixth Moonlit Memories Walk, which is organised by, and raises money for The Rowans Hospice, takes place on Saturday, June 22.
Around 1,000 people have already signed up for the walk, but there’s still room for more.
Each year walkers take part in either a 12-mile or six-mile route around Southsea and Old Portsmouth, in memory of a lost loved one.
Among the walkers will be Fred Peach, 50, of Grebe Close, Wecock Farm.
He is taking part in memory of his brother Mike, who died in 2011 aged 67, due to lung cancer.
The family were helped by the Purbrook hospice.
Mr Peach said: ‘I lost my dad when I was 14 and my mum when I was 22.
‘Mike was like a father-figure to me and I looked up to him. I would do anything to raise funds for the hospice as they will never know what they did to make something so painful a bit more bearable.’
In a final push, the hospice hopes 200 more people will sign up.
Morna Clarke-Hughes, fundraising team leader, said: ‘With one week to go, we are all really excited and looking forward to our biggest event of the year.
‘The 100 or so marshals have had their briefing and are ready to help make the sixth Moonlit Memories Walk special for all the participants.
‘Come and join us – it’s going to be a great night.
‘Whether you are walking the 12-mile route or the shorter six-mile route, your walk will include Portsmouth Cathedral, where you can light a candle in memory of someone.
‘Everyone over the age of 13 is welcome to join this event.’
The walk starts at 11pm, in Castle Field, Southsea, with live music from Skadaddles.
Online registration is open until midnight on Monday, June 17.
After that, people can go to the hospice, register, and collect a sponsorship pack.
To find out more, go to rowanshospice.co.uk