Ruthie boosts hospice walk

WEST End star Ruthie Henshall visited St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to meet patients and launch the charity's latest fundraiser.

WEST End star Ruthie Henshall visited St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to meet patients and launch the charity's latest fundraiser.

The popular Dancing on Ice judge was on hand to promote this year's Midnight Walk, which is happening on May 23.

She said: “I was one of those people who thought a hospice was a place where people came to die. But it is so inspiring - people come to live with whatever it is that is ailing them.

“There are so many therapies and support for the families. It is wonderful. It's a really uplifting place - people are painting, playing music, making books of their life with photographs.


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“It's full of people able to do things that they perhaps haven't done since they were younger.”

St Elizabeth Hospice is hoping around 1,000 women will take part in the eight mile Midnight Walk, which follows a circular route around Ipswich.

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Patsy Johnson, events co-ordinator, said last year's event was a great success.

“The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone had a great time,” she said. “This year there will also be attractions along the route to keep you smiling and entertained.

“Most women will know of a family member or friend who has been touched by St Elizabeth Hospice and there is something very special about a group of women joining together for a common cause.”

Midnight Walk

THE Midnight Walk starts and finishes at Copleston Centre on Foxhall Road and refreshments will be available along the route.

Registration is �10 and includes a T-shirt, certificate and a goody bag.

Although it is “women only” the hospice are looking for men to help out on the night - providing much needed support and refreshments for the walkers.

For more information contact the fundraising office on 01473 723600, email fundraising@stelizabethhospice.org.uk or visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk to download a registration form.

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