The Journal supports Exmouth Hospiscare Midnight Walk

THERE is still time to join hundreds of women taking part in this year's Exmouth Hospiscare Midnight Walk.

THERE is still time to join hundreds of women taking part in this year's Exmouth Hospiscare Midnight Walk.

The Journal is backing this year's eight-mile walk and will bring you all the latest up-to-date information along the way and some personal stories of those women taking part in this year's event.

The walk takes place on May 22, from Exmouth Rugby Club, and has a new circular route expected to be more popular than last year when 1,200 women took part.

Entry closes at the end of April. Registration is �12. Forms are available at any Hospiscare shop, or online at www.womensmidnightwalk.co.uk.

On the night the Journal photographers will be out and about snapping those taking part.

Organiser Louise Beeken said: "People take part because it's a fun night out with friends, and to raise funds for a good cause - last year walkers raised an incredible �110,000.

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"The walk will help Hospiscare to continue to care for 1,800 patients with terminal illness and their families in communities across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

"The money raised will fund pain-relieving equipment, specialist community nursing, day care sessions, bereavement services and complementary therapies."

The 2010 walk has a new route - starting and ending in Exmouth.

In previous years the walk has set off from Budleigh Salterton, ending in Exmouth.

This year walkers won't have to wait for buses, which the organisers hope will aid the flow of the event.

The registration area has been extended to cope with the increased number of walkers expected.

Extra prizes will be awarded this year. The Journal will sponsor the prizes for the best fancy dress.

As usual, the Exeter Chiefs will provide a party style warm-up, this year accompanied for the first time by Exeter FM, who are supporting the event.

Hot snacks and drinks will welcome walkers at the finish, and everyone taking part gets a goodie bag.

Hospiscare also needs men and women to volunteer for around three to four hours on the night, to act as marshals along the route and help the organisers at the start and finish.

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