Spot anyone you know? Meet the walkers of St Michael's Hospice's first ever Moonlight Walk (From Andover Advertiser)
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Spot anyone you know? Meet the walkers of St Michael's Hospice's first ever Moonlight Walk
Stephanie and Nicola Sims were walking in memory of their late mum Janet Sims, who passed away on August 26.
The pair signed up to take part in the Midnight Walk only days before the event, after being impressed with the care Janet received at the hospice before she passed away from breast cancer at the age of 56.
Stephanie, 23, of Kempshott Rise, Basingstoke, said: “I think she would have been proud of us. The hospice have been absolutely fantastic and the care she received was just brilliant.”
Nicola, 15, said: “We’re not treating this as a race – we’re just walking in memory of mum.”
Chris Jennings, 67, from Tadley, works at the hospice as a volunteer in the day care centre, giving massages and looking after those who are cared for at St Michael’s.
Chris, who has been volunteering at the hospice for 17 years, said: “I get to see first-hand the work that is done at the hospice and I do the walk every year to help raise some money. This year I’m doing it with my granddaughter and her friend.”
Mark Taugey, 52, and Mark Brady, 45, were among the few men taking part in the female-dominated walk – but they tried to blend into the crowd with their feminine appearance.
Mark Taugey, from Thatcham, who works in IT, said: “I just got roped into this really, but it is for a really good cause. It’s something different and it helps people at the same time.”
Mark Brady, from Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, who works in double glazing, said: “We should be old enough to know better really, but it’s a bit of fun.”
He said that the female clothes he and his friend were wearing had been donated by friends but they had applied their own make-up.
Lesley Sheehan, 43, from Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, was walking the route with her daughter Emma and other members of her family in memory of her late brother-in-law Martin Sheehan, who died at the age of 47 in January 2012.
Lesley, a midwife, said: “The hospice is such a lovely place. The care there is just fantastic and the staff are great.
“Just simple things they do, like giving a hug, makes all the difference. Martin spent about six weeks in the hospice and they took such good care of him.”
Leah Parker, 14, was walking with her mother Julie and friend Dannii Abrahams, 14, in memory of her granddad, Victor White, who passed away in 2008.
Julie, of South Ham, Basingstoke, said: “Leah was just determined to do it so I’ve come along with her.”
Leah, who attends Aldworth Science College, in Western Way, said: “I wanted to do something in memory of my granddad and I’m doing this for him. It’s a really good charity.”
Danielle Whitehouse, was the second lady to cross the finish line. The service manager, 30, from Winklebury, Basingstoke, said she was using the event to train for the upcoming Basingstoke half-marathon, and jogged round the course, stopping only for a quick coffee at the five-mile mark.
She said: “For me, it’s about trying to get fit for the half-marathon and this sort of thing is ideal because you also get to raise money for a really great charity. It’s a win-win situation.”
Stacey Davis, of Winklebury, Basingstoke, was running the route alongside her friend Danielle Whitehouse and was third to finish.
Speaking at the refreshment point, Stacey, 33, said: “I can’t believe we’re doing it. A year ago I could hardly walk to the end of the road and now we’ve just covered five miles in an hour, which isn’t bad going.”
Teresa Powell, from Cranbourne, Basingstoke, completed the course in exactly two hours.
The 47-year-old decorator, who walked the route with a group of friends, said: “It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great atmosphere. It’s something completely different to do on a Saturday night.”
Julie Belam, of Sherfield-on-Loddon, was taking part in the walk along with other women who have been training with the Bramley Iron Mums fitness group, who held their annual triathlon earlier in the day.
Julie said: “It’s ideal for us as the walking group from Iron Mums really wanted to do something together so this is perfect. It’s great that we are able to raise money for charity too.”
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