AN ENTHUSIASTIC young girl and a courageous day care patient are just two of the participants of this year’s Midnight Walk for St Luke’s Hospice.
Both Kia Gajparia, six, who joined a group of fundraising family members called the Jubilee Ladies, and Joan Norman, 59, are determined to do as much as they can for the much-valued Kenton charity.
Kia’s mother, Rina, said: “Although it is unlikely she will finish the walk, her sheer determination to be at the walk, even when told that it will be hard, makes me very proud that she is taking part.
“Kia is excited that she will be doing the walk with relatives and is ecstatic she even gets her own t-shirt.”
The Jubilee Ladies are walking in memory of Kia’s father’s uncle, Ravji Mandani, who was treated at the hospice before dying of cancer in February.
More than 1,500 women are expected to sign up to take part in the charity’s largest fundraiser of the year, pulling in an estimated £200,000.
It starts at Harrow Leisure Centre in Christchurch Avenue, Wealdstone, at midnight on Saturday, June 30 and finishes there several hours later.
Everyone gets a brightly-coloured t-shirt to wear in solidarity to the hospice, creating a sea of colour on the streets of Harrow.
Ms Norman, who lives in South Harrow, said: “I’ve just started in day care and felt I was benefitting so much from it that I wanted to give something back.
“The care is fantastic and everybody is very friendly. It is an opportunity to talk to people in the same situation as me and you can’t always do that with other people because they find it upsetting.
“I’ve had complementary therapies including acupuncture, relaxation classes and chanting and the day care has built up my confidence in walking by taking me around the hospice gardens.”
Ms Norman plans to walk part of it and St Luke’s volunteer driver, Bryan Cozen, will push her in a wheelchair the rest of the way.
Entry costs £20 and there will be a mass warm-up in the leisure centre at 10.30pm on Friday, June 29.
To register, contact Jemini Shah on 020 8382 8018.