Final preparations are being put in place for one of South Devon’s largest charity events. Over 1,000 women are gearing up to don their pyjamas on the evening of Saturday, July 6, as they embark on a challenging sponsored walk to raise vital funds for Rowcroft Hospice. This is the third annual Rowcroft Sleep Walk and the event has raised in excess of £380,000 for the local hospice since it began in 2011.
Rowcroft events co-ordinator, Jess Goodwin said: “The Sleep Walk team is feeling excited about this year’s event; we’ve improved the route, kept all the best bits from previous walks, and added a few little extras that we are sure will put a smile on our Sleepwalker’s faces! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a warm and dry evening, although the event goes ahead whatever the weather.”
The event is also supported by a team of 200 volunteers who work throughout the night in all manner of roles including marshalling, venue volunteers, catering and car park attendants.
The event, sponsored by Shloer and WBW Solicitors is Rowcroft’s biggest fundraising event.
Fiona Yellowlees, partner and head of WBW Solicitors Family Department, who is walking as part of Team WBW for the third Sleep Walk running, said: “I am delighted to once again be joining the Rowcroft Sleep Walk, as well as sponsoring the event we are, as a firm, delighted to see so many representatives walking and volunteer as part of the WBW Team. We all know someone who has been touched by the care and support the hospice offers and are looking forward to being involved in what I am sure will be an amazing evening once again.”
Palm FM, Barbara the Sheep, the Sleep Walk mascot and the So Street dance crew will begin the proceedings at the Riviera Centre and organisers have promised lots of fun and entertainment along the way.
Jess said: “We’ve got lots in store for this year’s event including a disco, photo booth and a surf simulator. The support we receive from local companies, the ladies who are walking and our team of volunteers means so much that we’ve pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone has a night to remember.”
For more information about the event, visit www.rowcroftsleepwalk.org.uk.
(from a press release)