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Take on a Midnight Walk: Fitness call to help yourself and others

Howards Hikers: from left Michelle Smith, Nicci Fellowes, Annette Howard and Fiona Ford and (below) Victor Greens weight loss triumph

Howards Hikers: from left Michelle Smith, Nicci Fellowes, Annette Howard and Fiona Ford and (below) Victor Greens weight loss triumph

Berkhamsted’s The Hospice of St Francis is encouraging people to take part in its midnight walk to keep fit.

The event – which includes a five- and 11-mile route – begins at Hemel Hempstead School at 10pm on Saturday, June 28.

Among those taking part is Annette Howard, who lost 34lbs in the hospice’s recent Biggest Loser challenge and a further half a stone since the event ended in April.

The 44-year-old, from Leverstock Green, said: “The Biggest Loser gave me the kick start I needed to lose weight and I’m thrilled with my new look.

“I’ve completely changed my attitude to eating and exercise and I can’t thank the hospice enough for all they’ve done to spur me on and help me feel good about myself.

“The Midnight Walk gives me a fresh goal to maintain my fitness levels and I’m already going out on regular training walks after work and at the weekends to prepare.

“I’ve recruited various friends, work colleagues and family to join my team, Howard’s Hikers, and we’ve set ourselves the goal of raising £500.”

The cash will go towards caring for patients like her dad, Alf, who received fantastic care from the hospice.

She said: “I raised £2,900 by participating in the Biggest Loser, which included a generous match-funded donation from my employers, BP.”

The hospice’s head of community fundraising Harriet Karia said: “Annette was our biggest fundraiser and has been a fantastic advocate for the hospice.”

Victor Green, 61, from Maddox Road, Adeyfield, was spurred on to sign up for the 11-mile Midnight Walk after losing three stone through a Weight Watchers group. Some of the ladies from the group will be taking part too.

He said: “It’s a great way to keep the weight off but The Hospice of St Francis is also a great local charity, which I or a family member or friends may need in the future,” he says.

“I’d hoped to raise £100, but thanks to the generosity of my family and work colleagues I’ve raised £200 so far!”

Entry to the midnight walk is £20 - or £15 for under-18s. You can sign up by clicking here or by calling 01442 869555 or emailing fundraising@stfrancis.org.uk

Annette’s Just Giving page is here and Victor’s is here

 

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