Iconic brush brand, Kent Brushes on London Road, Apsley, is one of the first Hemel businesses to pledge support for The Hospice of St Francis’ Midnight Walk on Saturday 27th June.
The family company, which has been manufacturing beautifully crafted brushes since the 18th century, will be neon-ing up its impressive hand-made Kent Lady sculpture for the charity’s flagship fundraiser in two months’ time.
Meanwhile, Director Marcia Cosby and five members of her family have already signed up to join the throng of walkers who will be lighting up the town.
Mum-of-four Marcia, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting our local Hospice at its flagship fundraising event, not only by making our Kent Lady look even more eye-catching than usual with pink and green neon lights entwined in her galvanised steel frame but by taking part as a family and having a giggle.”
This will be the first year the Cosbys have taken part, says Marcia, who will be striding out on the new 10-mile route with daughters, Ella, 36, and Zoe, 32, son Ben, 39 – the first man to sign up - together with Ben’s wife Candy, 41, and Zoe’s partner Ben Draper, 34.
Marcia, however, is no stranger to the Hospice. “I used to volunteer as a masseuse at the old hospice and I helped organise the first brick ball to raise funds for the new building back in 2005,” remembers the grandmother of three, who is also familiar with the care the Hospice provides.
“A friend spent his final days there a couple of years ago and I went to visit him,” she recalls. “It is the most incredible place but the whole hospice movement is amazing and it should be available to everyone. We’re very happy as a local business and as local residents to do what we can to support.”
This year’s event, now in its ninth year, has been given a glowing makeover and with a choice of five or 10 miles, the action kicks off at 9pm at Hemel Hempstead School, taking walkers on a brand new route through Apsley to the borders of Kings Langley, then onto Old Town, Warners End and Chaulden.
Hospice staff will be there to cheer walkers over the finishing line with a well-deserved medal and tasty breakfast. Registration costs just £20 for adults and £15 for over 10’s and includes a Glow for It T-shirt.
Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite, Events Fundraiser for The Hospice, said, “I’m absolutely delighted Kent Brushes will be supporting us and I know we’ll all be cheered on as we walk past the illuminated neon Lady. We’re also grateful to Cool Signs and Unique Signs who are helping promote the Midnight Walk by donating advertising space and banners around Hemel town centre.”
Since it started in 2006, the Midnight Walk has raised over £1m and walkers are asked to raise what they can in sponsorship towards the £4.7m the Hospice needs every year to provide free care for people across Herts And Bucks living with life-shortening illnesses and their families. Just £50 would pay for an hour’s home visit by a Hospice nurse.
You don’t have to be super-fit to take part - join walkers of all fitness levels for a great night out packed with team spirit, celebration and laughter! Come on Glow for it and register today at www.stfrancis.org.uk/midnightwalk.
If you’d like to sponsor the Cosbys visit http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/TeamCosby