Rowcroft's Sleep Walk - your stories


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Rowcroft's Sleep Walk - your stories

14 July 2014 Posted by Rowcroft Hospice

On Saturday 26 July thousands of ladies from across South Devon will come together to take part in our biggest Sleep Walk ever! This year the sponsored night walk has two great routes of 5 or 10 miles, each passing through fantastic venues including Barbara's Rio Retreat; and for the first time EVER, ladies from ages 10 and up can participate in the Sleep Walk.

Here are four of the ladies you might bump into on the night, they shared their Sleep Walk stories with us and Barbara the Sheep has also spoken out to say what she's most looking forward to.

Kirsty Ellis
, 33, Newton Abbot
"I decided to take part in the Sleep Walk because my Mum was cared for at Rowcroft in January 2009; she was at the hospice for ten days and the care she received was amazing.

"Last year I did the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK, as my Mum had cancer, but this year my friend Louise and I decided to do the Sleep Walk for Rowcroft. We thought the ten mile distance seemed like a good personal challenge and we're also looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere, and raising money for a good cause!

"At the moment Louise and I walk around five miles together every Monday; we like walking, but we're also looking forward to the challenge of a ten mile route!"


Hannah - Sleep Walker 2Hannah Harris, 45, Lottie Harris, 11, and Ellie Ferren, 12, Torquay
"I have taken part in the Sleep Walk for the last five years and Lottie has been desperate to join me! This year Lottie, Ellie and I are doing the ten mile route as I walked five miles last year and felt that I could have carried on.

"We're all really excited about the carnival theme and are looking forward to dressing up. We're going to get feathers and sequins to dress up our outfits and Lottie and Ellie have skirts to wear with their t-shirts and leggings.

"Lottie's Grandad was cared for at Rowcroft 18 months ago, and my Dad died here in 1997 so Rowcroft is a cause very close to our hearts. Taking part in the Sleep Walk is a great way to raise money for the hospice; the girls will be taking their sponsorship forms into school to raise as much as possible!"


Barbara the Sheep

Barbara the Sheep, (sheep never tell), Torquay
"I am so excited to take part in this year's carnival-themed walk, especially as we have more ladies walking than ever before! I've been enjoying my training walks; strolling through the beautiful grounds of Rowcroft and lightly trotting along the seafront in the sunshine.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting you all on the 26th and to seeing how much we can raise to help fund the vital services Rowcroft provides.

"Thank you again for all your support, and remember that to be in with a chance of being named Best Dressed Team or Individual you can have your photo taken with me at my Rio Retreat!"


Other ladies have spoken out about why they take part on Barbara's facebook page:

Kathryn Keating said: "This is my 5/6?? I love it..the atmosphere on the night is great..everyone joining together to help raise much needed funds for the amazing Rowcroft Hospice ...they have helped so many families over the years. The care my aunt received in her last few weeks was outstanding....and we as family were cared for whilst visiting...this is my way of saying thank you x"

Mel Brown commented:  "I loved all the tooting from the cars showing their support along the route. It's such a fun night. Lots of happy memories"

We cannot thank all of our Sleep Walk ladies enough for their comments and continued support. To find out more about Rowcroft's Sleep Walk please visit Rowcroft's website or the Sleep Walk website.

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