BUSINESS women are encouraging more people to put their best foot forward as part of an annual fundraising stroll in South Tyneside.
Leanne Dingwall, Pauline Dodds, Gabrielle Finches, Elizabeth Noble, Carole Simpson and Moira Workman, all from social housing company Places for People, are taking part in this summer’s Midnight Walk to boost St Clare’s Hospice.
The sponsored walk has a pyjama party theme, and organisers are hoping this year’s event is even more successful than last year’s, when more than 200 women raised almost £20,000 for patient care at the Jarrow-based hospice.
The People for Places walkers, who are based at Campbell Court, Hebburn, are all registered care providers.
Carole Simpson, manager for home care, said: “We are delighted to support St Clare’s, as it is an important part of our community.
“The support and care they provide has been accessed by some of our customers over recent years. Their ethos of compassion, care, choices and empowerment are ones we fully support and strive to achieve in our work in the extra care scheme and wider community.
“We are committed to providing care and support to our customers, respecting their right to independence and choice.”
She added: “The team undertaking the walk have the full support of our colleagues, and Places for People, as a company, have contributed to our fundraising efforts. We are looking forward to the event.”
Senior hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard said: “We are thrilled to welcome the ladies from People for Places.
“It’s lovely for us to see groups of ladies taking part – it creates a great atmosphere at the event.
“We are hoping to see more groups helping to raise money to enable us to continue caring for patients and their families.”
The Midnight Walk is open to any women, aged 12 and over, but those under 18 need parental consent and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
There is a £15 registration fee and this includes a goody bag of essentials for the walk, plus a hot breakfast afterwards.
The walk will start at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields, at midnight on Saturday, June 21, following a five-mile circular walk.
Participants should aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.
To order a registration form and take part, call the hospice on 451 6400, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk.