Your chance to make a 'Super-woman' effort and sign up for Rowcroft's epic Sleep Walk

Walker preparing for sleep walk

Debbi Shotton gets in the Superheroes Sleep Walk mood - Credit: Roy Riley

Rowcroft Hospice’s all-female Sleep Walk is back!

This year it promises more fun and laughter than ever with the fabulous theme of superheroes.

In this flagship fundraising event, Rowcroft is calling on the Marvel-ous women and girls of South Devon to step up in true superhero style to take part in an exciting sponsored walk on Saturday July 3 to raise much-needed funds for end-of-life care.

Choosing a five or 10-mile circular walk, participants will set off in waves throughout the day, starting and finishing at either Paignton Green or Torre Abbey Meadows in Torquay.

Charity Sleep Walkers

Caped warriors! - Credit: Roy Riley

“The Sleep Walk is an annual highlight for Rowcroft and we’re so lucky to be supported by so many amazing women and girls in our community,” said Alexia Croft, Rowcroft’s Events Manager.

“Having had such a tough year, we thought it was about time to really let our hair down and have some fun! This year’s Sleep Walk offers the chance to have lots of laughs with friends and family, get some exercise and fresh air by the seaside, and raise crucial money for a really worthwhile cause. All our wonderful Sleep Walkers will receive a free superhero cape to wear on the day and this can be accessorised with a fun mask or headband, or with a t-shirt from our online Sleep Walk shop.

“This year, we’ve adapted the event to run throughout the day in order to maximise social distancing and ensure the safety of our Sleep Walkers."

Sleep walkers

Sleep Walkers Anna and Rachel in training! - Credit: Roy Riley

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Rowcroft are also offering a ‘virtual’ Sleep Walk for participants who would prefer to take part in The Sleep Walk independently in their own way - by creating a route of their choice and walking at a time that suits them between Saturday July 3 and Sunday July 11.

The Sleep Walk has raised funds totalling nearly £1.5 million in the 10 years that the event has been running. Money raised from The Sleep Walk 2021 will help fund Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home service that provides expert care, support and compassion to local patients at home in their last two weeks of life.

This vital service makes such a difference for families across the South Devon region - from Dartmouth to Dawlish and up on to Dartmoor - but in recent times the service has been overwhelmed by the escalating demand in the community.

The charity hopes to expand the Hospice at Home service by recruiting more nurses and healthcare assistants to support more local families in need.

Karenne Weaver, Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home Manager, said: “We are experiencing unprecedented demand for end-of-life care due to an increasingly ageing local population and because more people are choosing to be cared for at home.

Young Sleep Walker

Youngsters like Amy can take part as well - Credit: Roy Riley

This year’s Sleep Walk is being sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors.

Rhodri Davey, Managing Partner at Kitsons, said: "Events like the Rowcroft Sleep Walk play an integral part in the regional fundraising calendar and Kitsons are delighted to once again be the headline sponsor. It is an amazing event for bringing women together across South Devon, and seeing the support from the local community is always truly remarkable.”

To take part there’s a £15 sign-up fee for girls under 16, or £20 for over 16s. The virtual event costs just £5 to sign up. There’s no minimum age and all participants (including virtual Sleep Walkers) will be awarded a Sleep Walk medal.

For further information, please go to: www.rowcroftsleepwalk.org.uk