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Sleep Walkers raise £181,000 for Rowcroft Hospice

07 January 2015

Rowcroft Hospice has announced the largest Sleep Walk in its four year history, which took place last year, has raised a massive £181,000 for the hospice.

More than 2000 ladies took part in the hospice’s fourth annual Sleep Walk on 26 July; walking their choice of a five or ten mile route along Torquay and Paignton seafronts.

Rowcroft Hospice Events Co-ordinator, Jess Goodwin said: “This is a phenomenal total, which the Sleep Walkers should be really proud of. 2014 was the biggest and brightest Sleep Walk yet, with thousands of fabulous ladies dressed up for the carnival-themed walk! We would like to thank everyone who took part for their fantastic fundraising efforts, and everyone else who supported the event by donating money, time and more.”

Plans for The Sleep Walk 2015 are already well underway; with the date set for Saturday 11 July, a new route for both five and ten mile walkers and an exciting new theme.

Jess added: “Ladies who sign up for the Sleep Walk 2015 will be walking a brand new route, taking in some of the bay’s stunning coastline and best-loved landmarks. The walk is also taking on a Wild West theme, so we hope to see even more ladies joining the posse for a boot stompin’ time!”

The Sleep Walk first launched in 2011, and has since raised an impressive £680,000 for the hospice. The huge sum raised in 2014 will help to provide vital services for the more than 2200 patients Rowcroft cares for every year.

Deputy Inpatient Unit Manager, Polly Pooler said: “We couldn’t provide the care we do for people across South Devon without this enormous level of support from the community. We appreciate all the effort that the Sleep Walk ladies put into fundraising and walking, and the time that volunteers lend to this event.”

Hundreds of volunteers from across South Devon come together each year to support the event and take on a range of roles, from marshalling the route to providing tea and coffee for weary walkers.

Those who would like to get involved or find out more about The Sleep Walk 2015 are encouraged to ‘like’ Barbara the Sheep’s Facebook page for updates and announcements about the event, as registration will be opening on Wednesday 21 January.

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