Big glow surrounds Midnight Walk

Hospice staff get in the mood for the Midnight Walk
Hospice staff get in the mood for the Midnight Walk

It may only be January, but already there’s a big glow surrounding Florence Nightingale Hospice’s Midnight Walk in the summer.

This year’s event, which takes place on Saturday, July 11, has a brand new neon theme, which the hospice has labelled as ‘Glo for Flo’.

The charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year officially launches at Friars Square Shopping Centre today (Saturday), which will be the first chance people have to register.

Those who sign-up before the end of January will pay £13 rather than the usual £17 to enter.

Publicity manager Sam Heggie said: “We’ve all eaten too much over Christmas, so now it’s time to start thinking about setting a personal challenge in the New Year to get healthier and fitter.

“Training for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk is a great opportunity to help you do just that.”

The ladies-only challenge around Aylesbury, starting at Aylesbury College is now in its sixth year, durting which time it has raised more than £300,000.

It traditionally sees more than 600 walkers light up the night sky with pink flashing bunny ears.

But organisers wanted to spice things up for 2015 and so went with the neon theme.

Sam said: “The trend to do an electric, colour or neon-themed event is really big at the moment.We thought it’s the right time to add something different to this year’s event, which we hope will appeal to those walkers who have done the event before, and new walkers as well. It will visually look fantastic too!

“As well as the traditional bunny ears on offer on the night, we’ll have a range of ‘glow-in-the-dark’ accessories to buy, which can be added to jazz up T-shirts and hair, plus our neon face-painters will also be back.”

Two route options are available to take on – either a six or 13-mile (half marathon) challenge, which the majority of entrants took on last year.

Top training tips to get you limbered up well in advance of the event are available to download online and as part of every walker registration pack.

Local businesses including Bucks Herald, George David Estate Agents, Fresh Design & Print, Premier Windows and Class Act, have already confirmed their support and Katy Brown of Mix96 will return to host the event for the third-year running on the night.