Angela Taylor from Tring has signed up for this weekend’s Midnight Walk and will be stepping out in memory of her daughter Stephanie Pratt.
Stephanie passed away at the hospice two years ago this week.
Angela said this week “I am walking on Saturday to remember my beautiful, much loved daughter who passed away at the hospice two years ago.
“The hospice offered Steph all the support, care and attention she deserved.
“This also extended to her family and for this we are eternally grateful and will always consider ourselves to be a part of the hospice family and will always do everything we can to support them.
“I would encourage anyone who’s lost someone they love to come along on the night to walk, talk and donate what they can to raise funds for the hospice.
“It’s a very special place and you never know when you or someone you love may need their support.
“It’s a true glimpse of heaven on earth.”
Hospice director Dr Ros Taylor added: “Anyone can come along and walk for us and we do urge you to do so.
“A lot of people still don’t realise that we are a charity and, without fundraising events like our Midnight Walk, we simply couldn’t continue to provide all our services for people with life-limiting illnesses.
“We need £4.6 million a year to run the hospice. This is a huge target so I do hope people in our community will step up, wear their pink t-shirt with pride and join us on Saturday night
“I am planning to walk alongside our two octogenarians on the five mile route so if you pass me do say a cheery hello!”
The Hospice of St Francis annual Midnight Walk takes place on Saturday and you can still sign up on the night to help raise vital funds for this local charity.
The Midnight Walk starts from Hemel Hempstead School in Heath Lane and people can chose between a five mile or 11 mile route. Anyone wishing to take part in the walk can register on the night – please bring cash or a cheque, no credit cards. Just turn up at the school at 8.45pm.
Registration costs £15 and closes at 9.45pm, with the first set of walkers departing at 10pm. Bunny ears will be sold on the night for £3.
There will be strictly no parking at the school.
“It promises to be a night to remember, an event you’ll never forget and a fantastic opportunity to make a difference,” said hospice senior community fundraising officer, Fran Martin.
Walkers will be helping to raise towards the 80 per cent of the £4.6 million the hospice relies on in voluntary donations annually to continue to provide its services.
To find out more visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/midnightwalk or call the fundraising team 01442 869555.