Vicky Ell from Aldwick has two 10-mile Moonlight Walks under her belt and for the past six years has volunteered as a Marshall on the route. “My first Moonlight Walk was in memory of someone my mum worked with. It was a very memorable and emotional night as we set off around Chichester at midnight,” she recalls. “I just feel that doing my bit is a way of thanking the staff at the hospice for all the work they do.”
The walk holds many positive memories for Vicky.
It’s so lovely seeing people arrive to do the walk - some of them dress up – and also so lovely to see the name or names of people that they are walking in memory of.
Through volunteering Vicky has met various other people involved one way or another in the walk, one of whom she looks forward to marshalling with each year. “We first me on the 2012 walk and always try to volunteer together – it makes it a lot of fun. One year we had our faces painted and another year we were lit up like Christmas trees so that we could be seen in the dark!”
Having walked the route twice before, Vicky appreciates how important it is to give the walkers as much encouragement as possible to spur them on. “Supporting them, especially near the end of the route, is essential. Some of the walkers have come up to me afterwards and said how much it helped them keep going!”
Her advice for newcomers is to bring as many friends along as you can.
If you walk as a group, it’s a great experience. You can chat along the way and keep each other going. You’re also going to help the hospice raise more money!