Shiver me timbers, are you ready for the Ipswich Midnight Walk on May 16?

Staff at the St Elizabeth Hospice donned their pirate outfits for the launch of the pirate themed Mi

Staff at the St Elizabeth Hospice donned their pirate outfits for the launch of the pirate themed Midnight Walk. L-R Ann Colthorpe, Brian Taylor, Joanne Rodger, Jodie Mitchell, Fiona Ginn,Gavin Lamb, Kate Barber. - Credit: Archant

St Elizabeth Hospice is encouraging people to take part in their new and improved pirate-themed Midnight Walk.

Staff at the St Elizabeth Hospice donned their pirate outfits for the launch of the pirate themed Mi

Staff at the St Elizabeth Hospice donned their pirate outfits for the launch of the pirate themed Midnight Walk . Jodie Mitchell and Gavin Lamb. - Credit: Archant

Last year about 1,600 people took to the streets of Ipswich for the event, raising more than £150,000 and organisers hope more men and women will take part this time around.

The start and finish will once again be at Ipswich Town Football Club, however all three routes now pass the hospice on Foxhall Road, giving participants a chance to hang cards on the tree of remembrance.

The event, supported by the EADT and Ipswich Star, will take place on May 16 with a choice of five, eight or 13- mile routes.

Gavin Lamb, event organiser, said: “The Midnight Walk is our biggest fundraising event in our calendar and it’s always a fantastic event, with an incredible atmosphere of hundreds of people united to walk or run round Ipswich town centre at night – raising money for their local hospice.

“This year we have spent a lot of time looking at and improving the routes – so if you’ve taken part before, you will notice that the routes are taking you through different roads this year.”

Registration is £15 and participants get a Midnight Walk T-shirt and a medal at the finish line.

Visit www.midnightwalkipswich.co.uk or call 01473 707043 to get involved.

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