Cleaners’ midnight hike with Hoover

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THREE cleaners will take on a midnight walk with one of their oldest chums – Henry the Hoover.

The trio will carry the vacuum cleaner with them during the 11-mile hike from Hemel Hempstead School in Heath Lane to Berkhamsted Sportspace on June 11.

Calling themselves Henry’s Hoovers, two of the gang are also hoping to lose weight from the Walk With The Stars event by The Hospice of St Francis.

Clive Jones, 23, from Hertford Heath, and Dawn Harmsworth, 50, from Hawthorn Lane, Hemel Hempstead, hope to lose four stone between them.

Dawn, who with Clive has cleaned the hospice since December last year, said: “It originally started when I decided to lose a little bit of weight.

“We were all talking and said we should do our bit to contribute too because very often we also see first hand the amazing work the hospice does.”

Clive said: “We wanted to do something worthwhile. It will be a challenge for us.

“We’ve been doing well with our weight loss and meeting our targets with regular exercise and nutritious meals so we will hopefully be prepared.”

The pair – alongside non-slimming fellow cleaner Liz Eriskin, 46, from Someries Road, Hemel Hempstead – hope to raise more than £1,000 in sponsorship for the hospice.

Its contracts manager Judeth Neville said: “We are delighted to see the team so dedicated in taking part in this event and we hope their enthusiasm will inspire many others to join in too.”

There will also be a five-mile route in Walk With The Stars, which is open to men for the first time this year.

The event is now in its fourth year, but until last year it was only open to women walkers.

After men wore drag to be allowed to take part last year, this year the hospice has officially opened the walk to men.

For more information or to register to take part, visit