TEN women, all employees of Plymouth Argyle, will be walking a grand total of eight miles at midnight on Saturday, July 20, to raise money for a local charity close to their hearts.
For those who feel eight miles may be a step too far (or not enough steps), there are options to walk either three, or 13 miles. This particular event is open to women only, however, there is a men’s event held every year in March, known as: “Men’s Day Out.”
All the money donated will go to St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth, a care facility for people and their families living with serious illnesses, such as cancer, motor neurone disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic lung disease, treating any adult over the age of 18.
St Luke’s are only partly-funded by the Government and are heavily reliant on public funding. It is estimated the unit needs £4 million to enable them to continue to provide vital care that so many desperately need. They help over 3,500 people a year across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.
The women involved in the walk have had family members or loved ones cared for by the hospice in Turnchapel at some point during their lives, and now they want to give something back.
Nickie Drewery from the Plymouth Argyle support team said: “The incredible St Luke’s nurses looked after my dad when he fell ill. I mentioned Midnight Walk to people I work with at the club, which has a massive community spirit, and we decided to get a team together. We want to show we’re here to support Plymouth, not just have Plymouth support us.”
Siobhan Robbie-James, Marketing Manager for Argyle Community Trust, said: “Working as a team means we can do more in getting the word out to raise sponsorship money. The care and help that family and friends have received from the St Luke’s team has made very difficult times, a little bit easier.”
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