Ladies on Merseyside are once again being urged to sign
up to the annual Jospice Midnight Walk, sponsored by
This year's fundraiser on Friday 6 May is in aid of St Joseph's
Hospice and is being billed as the Ladies Midnight Carnival Walk.
Those taking part in the 10k event can enjoy live music from a
Samba band, non-alcoholic cocktails, and a warm up with moves from
the Latin inspired fitness dance craze, Zumba.
Starting and finishing at Holy Family High School Thornton, the
walk aims to attract over 500 women and has a fundraising target of
£45,000. Based in Thornton, Jospice was established in 1974 and has
cared for over 5000 people and their families. The hospice has
annual running costs of over £2.5m.
Jospice's director of fundraising Pat Murphy said: "The walk is
open to ladies of all fitness levels and it's a great way to raise
some money, have a laugh with your fellow walkers, and burn a few
calories too! Jospice provides essential care to local people
suffering from terminal illness and thanks to the support of the
community we are able to continue that care year on year."
Liverpool based health cash plan provider Medicash has sponsored
the fundraising event since it was launched six years ago. Chief
executive of Medicash Sue Weir said: "The success of the walk is
testament to the loyalty of local people who support this charity
and in doing so safeguard the invaluable service Jospice provides
to patients and their families. Medicash is delighted to sponsor
the event again."
Other sponsors include Holy Family High School, Sefton PCT,
Merseytravel, Sainsbury's, Lions and Merseyside Police. BBC Radio
Merseyside's Roger Phillips will officially launch the walk on the
night for the second year running.
Well known supporters of Jospice include Cherie Booth QC, who is
vice president of the charity, Liverpool actress Pauline Daniels
and actor and broadcaster Dean Sullivan.