North Devon Hospice is providing more care during the night than ever before. Both on our Bedded Unit and in people's own homes, the need for round-the-clock nursing is growing. We need the ladies of North Devon to step up to the challenge and take part in Nightwalk 2017, to help our nurses be the light in the dark for hundreds of local families.
Nightwalk is a ladies-only, moonlit, sponsored walk. It's a party in the dark, a challenge to rise to, an experience to savour.
More than one thousand women walk together in aid of North Devon Hospice. The routes glow not only with your torches and glow sticks, but with the electric atmosphere created by those taking part. The chatter never stops, the laughter is everywhere, and those feet keep going, one after the other, to show that you support those being cared for by North Devon Hospice.
Every step you take helps us care for those affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. You are helping us light up the dark in so many people's lives. We are hopnig to raise £100,000 form this year's Nightwalk, which will help us provide care during the night for local patients and families. It is at night when symptoms can be most severe, and often when our care is needed most.
At Nightwalk there is music and entertainment, refreshments to keep you fuelled, and the warmest of welcomes awaiting you at the finish. You will be lighting up the Tarka Trail and showing everyone just how luminous the ladies of North Devon can be!
- Prosecco bar
- Nightwalk t-shirts
- UV light shows
- Fire performers
- Live music
- Race numbers, personalised with your own message
- New routes
- Plus much, much more...
This is a perfect chance to support a worthy charity and have a great night out with the girls. So join hundreds of other local women who will be walking for the same cause and show everyone how much you support the work of North Devon Hospice.
Please note: to ensure registration is successful, fill in all fields in the form. Thank you.
Sign up NOW to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD OFFER, which is just £15. This will go up after April 1st, so make sure you get in there quick! Your registration fee goes towards the cost of staging such a large scale event. It is the sponsorship raised by Nightwalkers like you which goes to the hospice and helps us provide our care and support. Therefore, it is essential that everyone taking part shows their support for the work of the hospice by raising some funds towards their Nightwalk challenge. Luckily, you can do this in one of three easy ways:
1 - SET UP AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE. Go to Virgin Money Giving to create your page in just a few easy steps. Send it round to your friends, family and colleagues, using facebook, twitter or email. You'll be amazed at how quickly you reach £50 or £100.
2 - DO IT FACE TO FACE. When you register, we'll send you a sponsorship form which you can pass around to those closest to you. Fundraising face-to-face is a great way of doing it, because people will understand exactly why you are doing this and will support you. You'll hit your target in no time at all.
3 - HOLD A SMALL FUNDRAISING EVENT. Run a raffle at work, or a pub quiz down your local. Often people prefer to do this rather than asking people for sponsorship. Again, you'll find support easy to come by as it's for a worthy local cause. When you register we'll send you a booklet full of tips to help make this easy peasy.
DON'T FORGET, it is your sponsorship contributions that help North Devon Hospice care for local people. Your registration fee just goes towards covering the cost of staging the event. So please do take your participation in Nightwalk seriously and help us help others in your own community.
We're delighted to announce new routes for 2017, allowing even more women across North Devon the chance to take part:
- Barnstaple to Bideford (11 miles)
- Bideford to Barnstaple (11 miles)
- Instow to Barnstaple (7.5 miles)
- Instow to Bideford (3.5 miles)
- Torrington to Bideford (7 miles)
- Tamar Lakes, Holsworthy (3 mile circular walk)
- Tamar Lakes, Holsworthy (6 mile circular walk)
The routes from Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford and Torrington all take place on the Tarka Trail, with it's amazing scenery and views of the rivers. Transport will be provided back to your starting point once you have finished your walk.
The walks at Tamar Lakes, near Holsworthy, will take you around the circumference of the water, allowing you to catch the spectacular sunset as eening turns in to night. These routes are circular, so will finish back at your starting point (where there is plenty of parking).
Unfortunately no. But we do need lots of volunteers for Nightwalk, so men are more than welcome to be part of the event by volunteering. Please get in touch if this is of interest. Call Gerard on 01271 347244 or email email@example.com.
This year we have several new routes of various length and in locations across North Devon, allowing even more local women to take part. Please see the above section entitled 'routes' for more info, but we have walks of 3, 6, 7, 11 and 18 miles. So you can pick the one that suits you best.
Registration is £15 with our Early Bird offer which is available until 1st April, and thereafter registration is £20. We then ask you to raise as much money as possible to support the work of North Devon Hospice.This is because your registration fee only covers the cost of staging the event. It is your sponsorship and fundraising efforts that go to the hospice, helping us care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
After you have registered you will receive your registration letter/email. In efforts to keep our costs low and reduce our impact on the environment, we have asked all our ladies how they would prefer to receive their 'Nightwalk registration pack.' It can be posted, emailed or downloaded from the website. At any point, we are happy to post you more copies so please do get in touch.
The Nightwalk routes are very safe and it would take some very extreme weather for us to cancel the event. However, in this eventuality we would get our volunteer teams together and phone round all Nightwalkers as soon as possible to let them know. For the most up to date information on this matter or the Nightwalk in general, please visit this website, or our twitter and facebook pages. So even if you think the weather is bad on the night, do come along unless you hear from us.
We welcome females who are 16 or over to join Nightwalk.
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. Each route will be marshalled by volunteers and special marshals will be walking the route with you. We also have a special radio communications team on board and first aid on each route.
There will be toilets provided along all routes as well as rest stops. These are fully marshalled and patrolled for your safety.
There are many benefits to walking; it is a perfect ways to increase your overall fitness; you can progress at your own pace, it can fit in with any lifestyle and doesn't require any technical skill, or cost you anything! Here are some helpful walking tips and ideas: Make sure you have a good fitting pair of trainers. Don't get a new pair of trainers just before the walk, it is better to break them in at least a few weeks beforehand. If you want to get some new clothing for the walk wear it or at least wash it beforehand to avoid chafing. Don't let rain deter you from going out for a walk or run ... after all it could rain on the night! Always warm up prior to undertaking a walk. If you are a stranger to exercise, we would recommend that you build up the mileage and train slowly and steadily. Stop if your body is hurting. Wear reflective clothing if walking in the dark.
Yes of course but it would help us if you each had individual sponsorship forms so we can individually record your donation! But feel free to add your team name to your sponsorship form. If you fundraise online as a team though, please clearly mark each team member by name. Otherwise we might not know who has contributed to your team total.
Yes you can. Please tell us your team name when filling out your online entry form (or paper registration form, if you've chosen to print one out instead). We positively encourage you to walk as a team.
Yes. However, we would strongly urge everyone to register beforehand for Nightwalk. This avoids the risk of people turning up on the night and the event being full, it also gives people the opportunity to fundraise before the event. However, for people who register on the night, the registration fee is £25 and we will also give them the sponsor forms and ask them to raise sponsorship after the event.
Yes, parking is available at all starting points. However, we strongly advise you to car share or get dropped off and then picked up again. This is because parking could be limited. Once you have registered and selected your route, you will get all the information you need about parking. At the finish line, our buses can drop you off at your starting point (with the exception of Tamar Lakes, which are circular walks).
Please bring your mobile phone fully charged and a torch. Please avoid using head torches, as they will be distracting for other Nightwalkers coming in the opposite direction to you (as they are exactly at eye level).
YOU MUST SPEAK TO THE NEAREST STEWARD (identified by their high visibility vests) and show them your walker number. They will take your details and arrange for you to leave the walk. You should never be more than a few hundred yards from a steward at any time. (Exceptionally, if you really can't take another step and you are between steward points, ask a walker to go to the last or next steward point to get help, then wait with another walker for a steward to come to your aid). It is so important that you let a steward know if you intend to retire from the walk so that the laid down procedure for your withdrawal from the event can be carried out. It is important that you hand in your lanyard if you wish to withdraw. Time and manpower will be used to search for you if we do not know that you have left the walk.
Yes, we will ask solo walkers to 'buddy up' with other ladies at the start, so you won't be walking completely on your own.
Based on feedback from Nightwalkers, we will be doing mass starts this year. This is to make sure you are walking side-by-side with as many ladies as possible, creating the bost possible atmosphere along the routes as the banter and chatter flows. Once you have registered, nearer the time you will be sent all the information about starting times. We will always endeavour to set you off as quickly as we can.
Each Nightwalker must report to the registration desk on arrival. These are busy stations so please be patient and bear with us, we will try and get you all going as soon as we can!
Please bring refreshments including plenty of fluid. We will also supply you with a banana and a bottle of water at the start of your walk, and a delicious butty and hot cuppa at the finish.
We suggest you wear walking boots or sturdy trainers (but not new ones!); if donning fancy dress please ensure it will be warm and comfortable enough for the walk. Extra clothing and waterproofs will be needed if rain is likely. Please don't underestimate how cold it can be in the evening. The best thing to do is dress like an onion - in layers! So you can peel off layers if you get too hot.
Your arrival and start times will be confirmed in writing to you when you receive your welcome pack after you have registered. These details are also available on the website for each walk.
You will receive a delicious butty and a cuppa at your finish. The bars will also be open at Barnstaple and Bideford rugby clubs (if that is your finish point) should you fancy something stronger! We recommend a designated driver! After a great Nightwalk experience, you can go home safely courtesy of Stagecoach, who will take you back to your starting point (or you can go home through your own arrangements). Obviously this will not be necessary at Tamar Lakes, as the walk is circular and you will finish at the same place you started your walk. Then, simply congratulate yourself on a job well done, before getting some well deserved sleep!
Yes, but in cheque form please if you have completed all of your fundraising, payable to 'Nightwalk.' However, we hope that you will continue to raise as much money as you can after the event. After the event, please send your cheque made payable to 'Nightwalk' and sponsorship forms to Nightwalk, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park Road, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU. If you have set up an online fundraising page, this will automatically come through to the hospice when the page closes down (which is usually some weeks after the event).