FOUR Eastbourne mums whose children have life-limiting illnesses are calling on other mothers to sign up for the town’s Midnight Walk to support Chestnut Tree House.
Jackie Hoadley, whose seven-year-old son Mathew has cerebral palsy and uncontrollable epilepsy, has been visiting Chestnut Tree House for the last six years.
She and three other Eastbourne mums, Marie Baker, Tandy Hearne and Michaela Sayers, regularly receive support from the hospice and will be participating in the 10-mile walk for the third year running.
Jackie said, “Come on mums, gather your girlfriends and let your star shine for a Night to Remember – a 10-mile walk along Eastbourne’s seafront, with hundreds of other women, raising money for Chestnut Tree House, which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex.
“We are mums of children who need a lot of care 24/7 and the hospice helps us with that care and gives us the chance to re-charge our batteries and have a break once in a while, knowing that our children are having a great time and being given excellent one-to-one care by their brilliant team, so please support us and come out for the Midnight Walk.”
Over the past two years, more than 1,000 women have taken to the streets and seafront of Eastbourne and have raised a collective £132,000 for Chestnut Tree House.
This year the charity aims to have 1,000 women walkers to enjoy the night and raise funds to keep the hospice running.
“You never know when you might need a hospice for your child and Chestnut Tree House is a lovely, tranquil place to enjoy your child’s life or end of life – it’s a great thing for mums like us,” added Jackie.
“The Midnight Walk is great fun – it’s very well organised and marshalled and it’s a lovely feeling to walk in the night with lots of other women.
“Last year our group dressed as the Fairy Odd Mums and this year we’re dreaming up a new outlandish costume to wear in the walk colour, which is purple.”
The walk will start from The Sovereign Centre on May 19 and costs £15 per person to enter, which includes a ‘Night Pack’, including an exclusive purple t-shirt, torch and medal, a fundraising pack and refreshments en route.
Registration closes on April 30 and women are being urged to register now to avoid disappointment.
Those who register by March 31, will be entered into a Star Prize Draw to win a Marriot pamper day for two. To register go to www.nighttoremember.org.uk.