Registration is open for Chestnut Tree’s eighth annual Night to Remember midnight walk in Eastbourne.
Participants are invited to walk through the night and raise funds for the children’s hospice’s outstanding work. This year sees a new 15-mile Urban Trek added to the choice of walks, challenging walkers to traverse the seafront as well as the hilly streets of Meads and the Old Town.
“In addition to our flat, scenic routes between the seafront and harbour, our 15 mile walkers will take on tough urban inclines to reach fabulous night-time views of Eastbourne” said organiser Kerry O’Neill of Chestnut Tree. Entries are open for participants who would like to take on the 5, 10 or 15 mile challenges in aid of the children’s hospice charity, with event organisers ensuring there will be a walk for everyone this year.
Taking on the brand new Urban Trek will be Connor’s Angels, a ten-strong team who will join with hundreds of other women walking in aid of the charity. Whilst there are many reasons people take part in the Night to Remember – to get fit, to enjoy an evening with friends, to challenge themselves or to raise money for a wonderful local charity – Zoe Gilbert and her team of Angels, have an even closer connection to the amazing care the hospice provides.
Zoe’s son, Connor, was cared for by Chestnut Tree until he passed away at the hospice in 2006, aged just 7. “That night was the hardest night of our lives,” said Zoe, “but if you have to go through something like that I‘m glad we were able to do so at Chestnut, if you know what I mean. It was really nice for him to be there. He was able to die peacefully with all his family around him and we were all given as much time as we needed to grieve and say goodbye to our little boy.”
This will be the 8th year the team have taken part and Zoe says it is something they always look forward to. “The walk takes place around the anniversary of us losing Connor so it feels nice to do something enjoyable and which makes such a difference to Chestnut Tree. There is always a brilliant atmosphere on the night, with the marshals spurring everyone on to the finish line. We jumped at the chance of a new challenge this year and are really looking forward to taking on the 15 mile trek.”
Everyone taking part in Chestnut Tree’s Night to Remember is encouraged to raise as much sponsorship money as possible. The hospice’s care is delivered by outstandingly well-trained and compassionate nurses and support workers, and what they do costs a staggering £3.5million per year to provide. With only 7% of their funding coming from central government, the charity relies heavily on the local community. “I really would encourage everyone to take part” said Zoe. “Every mile walked and every pound raised in sponsorship gives more families like ours the chance to make memories and spend their final days with their child supported by Chestnut Tree House.”
Registration for this ladies-only event is open online now, with an early-bird discounted entry fee of £15 for the first 500 ladies to sign up online. Entry is open to women aged 16 and over and includes a fundraising pack, an exclusive t-shirt, torch and medal as well as refreshments en route and breakfast on return.