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Cotswold Care Hospice Midnight Walk

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Go on girls – make someone’s night. That’s the appeal from Cotswold Care Hospice. As the charity is launching its women-only Cotswold Midnight Walks.

For the first time there will be loads of pre-walk entertainment – from singers to showgirls to fire hula hoop dancers.

“It will be the only Midnight Walk in Gloucestershire with great entertainment for those taking part,” said Peter Rowbottom, head of fundraising for the charity.

“Make someone’s night is a bit of a cheeky slogan. We wanted to give the event a sense of fun but there is a very serious message behind it.

“By taking part in the walk and raising £200, you will help pay for a Hospice at Home nurse to spend a night shift looking after someone in their own home.

“So many people wish to spend their final days at home in familiar surroundings and with loved ones. That can be tough on the families and carers. Our Hospice at Home nurses provide desperately needed respite and support.”

There are two walks this year – one in Cirencester on June 17 and one in Gloucester on September 2. For the first time women will be able to choose between a five-mile route and a 10-mile route.

It will be an entertainment packed evening for the women starting at 8.30pm with show girls, magicians and singers and a few surprises promised on the night. The start time has also been brought forward to 10pm and everyone taking part will return to a champion’s welcome and a glass of bubbly.

“We wanted to make a great event even better so we have completely changed it,” said Peter. “So come on ladies, make someone’s night – and we’ll make yours by giving you a great evening of entertainment and laughs.”

This women-only walk raises vital funds for Cotswold Care Hospice which helps 500 people in Gloucestershire every year. All its service are provided free of charge. This year Cotswold Care Hospice at Home nurses will provide more than 12,000 hours of care in people’s homes throughout Gloucestershire. All of the hospice’s services are provided free of charge.

It costs £2.3 million a year to run the charity – 90 per cent of that money comes from the community through fundraising.

To register, log on to the website www.makessomeonesnight.com

Cotswold Care would also welcome companies who would like to get a team of female colleagues to sign up and walk together and for their male counterparts to act as volunteers on the night. Teams of friends are also welcome.

For further information contact Isla McLean on:

events@cotswoldcare.org.uk.