Ladies to receive golden send off

Olympic torchbearer Georgie Friend with the hospice's Claire White
Olympic torchbearer Georgie Friend with the hospice's Claire White
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Florence Nightingale’s Midnight Walk returns this Saturday for a third successive year.

After last year’s event saw 571 ladies take to the streets, the hospice has already improved on the figure with 654 ladies signed up

Press officer for the hospice, Sam Heggie, said: “It is our biggest event of the year.

“There are lots of different teams taking part.

“It’s quite a sight seeing over 600 pairs of pink flashing bunny ears go down the street.”

Last year’s event saw more than £60,000 raised and with a higher turnout expected, there are high hopes to beat that total.

The fun event sees people turn up in costumes and don the famous pink flashing bunny ears.

But many of those taking part will have been personally touched by the work of the hospice during painful times.

“A lot of people will be walking in memory of friends,” said Sam.

She hopes the heavy downpours this summer will hold off.

“It has not rained for the past two years, so I’m expecting it to be lovely and dry. We are all doing our sunshine dances to make sure we don’t get any rain,” she joked.

Participants are asked to arrive at 10pm at Aylesbury College before warming up. Sam also revealed there would be a ‘special gold’ video message from a celebrity before the ladies set off. However, she remained tight lipped as to who it would be. With a six mile and 13 mile route available, the event will play a crucial role in raising the £600,000 needed by the hospice to maintain its care.

Registration for the midnight walk closes tomorrow (Friday) at midday.