Who can take part?

Although this event started as a ladies walk, men are also very welcome to take part.

Will it be safe?

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. The route will be heavily marshalled along the route and St John's Ambulance will be present on the night for the duration of the walk.

How long is the route?

You can choose to walk either the 5.5 mile route or the 10 mile route. There are comfort stops along the walk. We will post a map of the route on this website in advance of the walk and a copy will also be handed to every walker on the night, along with emergency numbers.

How long will it take?

The shorter walk will take 2 to 3 hours and the longer walk 3 to 4 hours, depending on fitness.  There is no rush and we encourage walkers to go at their own pace. There will be lead walkers and walking marshals, as well as people at the end of the walk to ensure that each and every participant returns safely.

Where does the route go?

The walk will start and finish at the Fundraising Office, Michael Sobell Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2RN. The routes will be clearly signposted and there will be plenty of marshals to show you the way!

Can my dog and I walk any route?

Yes, but please note that you are responsible for your dog's behaviour.  Dogs must be people and dog friendly, and you must be responsible for poopa scooping.

When will I receive my pack after registering?

Walker packs are normally sent out after April. If registering after this date, packs will usually be received 3-5 days on receipt of the individual/team registration form (postal or online).

Where is the registration point and what time can we register?

Registration will take place in the Michael Sobell Centre, from 8.30pm. Please ensure you bring your Walker Number with you.

On the day, if a member of my family or a friend decides to walk with me can they join?

We would for administrative reasons, prefer to have all walkers pre – registered. However, a late entrant/s may take part subject to registering on the night and paying a registration fee of £35 per person.

Why do I have to register again at the end of the walk?

For Your Safety!

Registering at the end ensures that everyone is accounted for. This way, we will know if anybody is lost or missing. If you leave the walk early, you must advise a member of the marshal team, who will be wearing high visibility jackets, or notify a support vehicle or a volunteer at one of the rest stops. If you fail to return we may have to contact the police.

What if I am unable to complete the walk?

There will be two comfort stop points along the way, and a team of marshals patrolling the route. Should anyone decide they cannot complete the route, there will be a support vehicle to bring the walker(s) back to MSH.

Do you have any minimum or maximum age limits for the walkers?

Walkers must be over 11 years of age and accompanied by an adult. There is no maximum age but we advise you to only take part if you are in good health. If you are unsure, please discuss this with your GP.

Do I need to train for the event?

It is advisable that you prepare yourself for the walk, especially if you are not accustomed to walking long distances. For information, please see the Fitness section of the Walk Information and Fundraising Pack.

Do I need special footwear or clothing?

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and well-fitting sturdy footwear. Please make sure you wear your Ladies in the Night Walk logo t-shirt. Wearing your t-shirt allows our marshals to recognise you and provide appropriate support. The walk will not be sheltered so you may need to bring some wet weather gear. If you are walking in memory of someone, please also bring along your 'I Am Walking For' sheet so we can pin this onto your t-shirt. Pins will be provided on the night! You may also like to bring along a torch for additional lighting.

Can I wear fancy dress?

This is a fun event, so please feel free to dress up. The only thing we ask is that we can see your logo t-shirt. On the night, there will be promotional merchandise, such as flashing headgear, glow in the dark bangles etc. on sale to add to the fun!

Will there be any refreshments?

We suggest you bring water, but there will be refreshments and water en route (at our stops including Manor Farm and St Thomas More's RC in Eastcote) and a light breakfast at the end of the walk.

Will there be parking on the night?

There is pay and display parking on Mount Vernon Hospital site. Free parking is permitted with the use of a MSH event parking permit which can be obtained from the fundraising office. We recommend that, where possible, participants car share.

Are there any lockers at the venue?

There are changing facilities at the start but no lockers where valuables can be left.

Are there toilets?

There are washrooms at the Michael Sobell Centre, as well as two toilet stops en route.

How much sponsorship do I have to raise?

We only really start to make money for patient care when you raise sponsorship for your walk.  We do not ask for a minimum amount of sponsorship, but last year an average of £100 was raised by every walker. This year, every pound raised in sponsorship will go towards supporting the Michael Sobell Hospice Day Therapy Centre, which is 100% funded by the Charity. To start your fundraising now, please visit our dedicated campaign page via JustGiving by clicking here. Thank you for your support.

How long do I have to collect my sponsored donations?

Please try and collect your sponsorship as soon as possible after the walk. This way, it's easier for you to collect the money you have raised.  Sponsorship forms are available, but it can be much easier to collect your money through an online sponsor page at www.justgiving.com or uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving

If I donʼt manage to complete the walk what do I do about my sponsors?

If sponsors have committed to donate per mile then you could collect a proportion of this although in practice most people will give you the full amount. Alternatively, contact your sponsors and leave it up to them to make a decision about how much sponsorship to give you.

Who is eligible to tick the Gift Aid box?

If the person sponsoring you is a UK taxpayer, or pays capital gains tax, then you can make the donation worth even more. For every £1 you give to us, we can claim an extra 25p from the taxman.

Is there any other way I can support the event/Hospice?

It would be a great help if you could spread the word about the event e.g. at your place of work, among family, friends and neighbours. Or, by displaying a poster, making a donation towards refreshments or by providing a gift item that can be used as a raffle prize.

I canʼt find an answer to my question, what do I do?

To contact us email mshevents@michaelsobellhospice.co.uk or call the Fundraising team on 020 3826 2367.