A TWENTY-strong group of mums and daughters has become the biggest team yet to sign up for The Hospice of St Francis’ Midnight Glow Walk to show their support for a much-loved friend who is currently receiving the charity’s care.
Bob’s Belles, led by mum-of-two Beverly Ford, will be glowing for the Hospice at its flagship fundraiser on Saturday 27th June, and every step they take will be for 56-year-old Bob Miller, from Fay Green, Abbots Langley, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last December.
Industrial roofer Bob’s wife, Julie, 54, will be among the all-girl team taking on the brand new 10-mile route, together with the couple’s daughter Ellie, 26, alongside other neighbours and friends from the village and beyond.
And the girls say the thought of Bob and the support he’s receiving from the Hospice’s Home Care nurses will give them all the motivation they need to get round.
“We’ve had tears and laughter since the shock of Bob’s diagnosis,” explained 51-year-old Beverly, a Police Child Protection Team Manager, from Bushey. “But every week since January, a group of five of us have been walking with our dogs to help Julie, talking and sharing our worries.
“It was Julie who asked if we knew about the Midnight Walk. When she suggested we get a group together, we all said yes immediately for the chance to do something for her and Bob as well as to look daft in pink bunny ears and have a giggle.
“Bob’s got a very big grin on his face knowing we’re doing this for him,’ added Beverley, ‘I’ve known him 30 years and he’s so loved by everybody - we just want him and Julie to know we’re with them on their journey and we want to do anything we can to support the Hospice, which does so much good work in our community.”
The girls are confident their regular five or six-mile weekly walks will stand them in good stead for the night-time challenge and are hoping to raise at least £500 via their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/beverly-ford1/
“Every penny we raise will help the Hospice continue to provide the amazing care that it’s giving to Bob and enable it to continue giving that care to others who may need it in the future,” said Beverly. “So if you can’t join us, please make a donation!”
More than 800 walkers are expected at this year’s event, lighting up the night in their best orange, yellow, green and pink as they follow one of two brand new five or 10-mile routes around the streets of Hemel Hempstead, taking in Nash Mills, Chaulden, the Old Town and Apsley.
Hospice staff will be there to cheer them over the finishing line with a well-deserved medal and tasty breakfast. Registration costs just £20 for adults or £15 for over 10’s and includes a pink Glow for It T-shirt.
Since it started in 2006, the Walk has raised over £1m and participants are asked to raise what they can to support the Hospice and help raise the £4.7m it needs every year to provide its free care for Herts and Bucks people living with life-shortening illnesses, and their families. Just £50 would pay for an hour’s home visit by a Hospice nurse.
To sign up today and join walkers of all fitness levels for a great night out packed with team spirit, memories, celebration and laughter, visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/midnightwalk