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Twilight walk will turn Gravesend orange for ellenor hospice next week

PUBLISHED: 16:06 04 September 2017

Ellenor's twilight walk returns on September 15

Ellenor's twilight walk returns on September 15

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More than 700 people are set to take part

A sea of orange is set to wash over Gravesend next week, as ellenor runs its annual twilight walk.

The hospice’s “brilliantly uplifting” annual event sees fundraisers take to the streets in orange T-shirts baring the names of loved ones treated by the charity, which needs to raise £7million a year to keep running.

Former glamour model Linda Lusardi is set to join her fellow cast member’s from The Woodville’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime, including 90s pop sister act Cleoptra, by cheering on a mass participation warm up at the Cyclopark in Watling Street.

More than 700 participants are expected to take part in the walk, the charity’s biggest event of the calendar year, which has a choice of either an 8km or 12km route.

Both routes start with a loop around the Cyclopark, before taking to the streets around Gravesend and returning.

Families and nurses will be waving walkers on as they pass the hospice in Coldharbour Road, which is the only one in the county to provide end-of-life care to people of all ages.

Among the hundreds of people already signed up for the walk is Team Natwest, eight members of staff at the bank’s Dartford, Swanley and Gravesend branches.

Donning their best 80s fancy dress, the team will also be doing bucket collections outside its Dartford High Street branch from 9am on September 15, with several team members’ family members supported by the ellenor’s services over the years.

Christine Thompsett from the team said: “It’s so important for us to be able to support a local charity and for so such a worth cause.”

Walkers can still book their place for the walk, which starts at 7pm on September 15.

Tickets in advance cost £15 for adults and £10 for children, with a twilight walk T-shirt and bag included.

Pit stops have been set up along the way, which will offer chips, ice cream and a cup of hot chocolate at the finish line.

To book online visit www.ellenor.org/events or call Emma Bowles on 01322 626506.

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