May 9 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING is getting set for one the most glittering nights on its calendar: the Strathcarron Hospice Ladies’ Midnight Walk.
It is know as the Tiara Walk and hundreds of women will be at the starting line and getting set to pound the city’s street on Saturday at midnight, wearing some sparkly headgear.
The annual walk is one of the biggest fundraising events for the hospice.
Last year the Ladies’ Midnight Walk saw more than 1600 women pound the pavements of Stirling over a five or 10 mile circuit, raising an incredible £250,000 for the Denny hospice.
Every walker receives a Midnight Walk T-shirt, refreshments along the way, a medal for completing the walk and a well deserved breakfast at the finish line.
Participants are all pre-registered and aged 16 or over.
Strathcarron fundraising manager Angela Gillies said: “Many people think we are fully funded by the NHS but we receive just 38 pence out of every pound we need from the NHS. The rest depends on the generosity of the public.
“We need to raise more than £65,000 every week to continue providing free care.
“Events like the Midnight Walk are a great way to get involved with Strathcarron fundraising and have fun. Last year our events raised £500,000 of much needed income and the walk played a huge part in that.
“There are a number of scheduled events each year planned by the hospice, as well as events organised by our friends and supporters. These range from sporting challenges to celebrity lunches, fashion shows to family fun days. These events help to maintain a high profile.
“Strathcarron is a place which means a great deal to people in this area, many of whom will have seen for themselves through family and friends just what an incredible place it is.
“That certainly contributes to the special atmosphere of the walk and it is certainly a highlight for us.
“We are really looking forward to Saturday night. Hopefully the weather will be ideal, but regardless it will be a great night.”