Volunteers needed at Night to Remember

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Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice is looking for volunteers to help at its annual midnight walk through the streets of Eastbourne to raise cash for the charity.

Chestnut Tree House needs more than 100 volunteers to help at its Night to Remember Midnight Walk in Eastbourne on Saturday, May 18.

The Night to Remember Midnight Walk is an annual event, where ladies from all over Sussex can get together to walk through the night and raise vital funds for the hospice. The money raised goes towards caring for children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses across the county.

As well as encouraging walkers to sign up, event organisers are also appealing for volunteers who would like to help run the event.

There are a range of ways people can get involved including registering the ladies taking part, marshalling the route or serving up breakfast on the walkers’ return.

Arlene Leake, a 59-year-old from Eastbourne, has volunteered at the Night to Remember Midnight Walk in Eastbourne twice.

She says she loved the experience and is now trying to encourage other to help.

She said, “I truly had such fun taking part in the event and planned on doing it again in 2011.

“However, having been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst and undergoing a serious operation, I thought I would best be able to help by donating my time rather than money, as I couldn’t walk that far.

“Being a volunteer was great. You get to send the ladies off, offering plenty of encouragement and you’re there when they return to congratulate them all.

“Volunteering opened my eyes to how much goes on behind the scenes while all the ladies are out walking. It can be tiring but the atmosphere on the night is truly uplifting and certainly worthwhile.

“I had only planned on volunteering for a few hours but stayed the whole night in the end, as a few other volunteers couldn’t make it and, to be honest, I was having fun!

“I volunteered again in 2012 and this year I’m taking part as I feel ready and would like to help raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree House.”

To help at the walk call Angie Bacon on 01903 706326 or email fundraising-volunteers@stbh.org.u