Marshals needed for charity walk

The midnight walk
The midnight walk

Further volunteer marshals are needed to help out at this year’s Katharine House Hospice Midnight Walk.

The popular event will have a carnival theme to coincide with the World Cup in Brazil. It will set off from Banbury Cricket Club in Bodicote on Saturday, June 14.

Sheila Norton, event organiser, said: “We’re thrilled that more than 300 people have already signed up and, as part of our preparations, we’re again relying on supporters in the community to volunteer so that we can make sure the event runs smoothly.

“We already have more than 90 marshals to guide what we hope will about 600 walkers along the route through the streets of Banbury, but need a few more and are asking if anyone can spare a few hours to help.”

Those taking part in the event will walk a 10.5-mile route through the streets of Banbury and are being encouraged to wear bright clothes or fancy dress. Last year’s event raised about £75,000, bringing the total since 2007 to more than £600,000.

Sarah Edwards, a previous marshal at the Midnight Walk, said: “I’ve been a marshal at the last four Midnight Walks as it provides an opportunity for me to give my support to Katharine House Hospice and to thank them for the work they do.

“I really admire all the walkers, most of them are walking in memory of loved ones and it’s great to be able to support them as they make their way round the route, cheering them on and making sure they stick to the paths and stay safe!”

Anyone interested in helping out as a marshal should call the fundraising department on 01295 812161 or e-mail sheila,