Presenter Gail Porter and Actress Terri Dwyer have launched a new series of unique late summer evening walking events for Marie Curie Cancer Care, supported by HomeServe.
Gail and Terri are encouraging thousands of walkers across the UK to make the most of the Great British summer evenings by taking part in one of the twelve twilight 10k walks, which allow walkerâ€™s access to some spectacular properties around the UK- many of which are usually closed to the public during the evenings.
The walks aim to attract around 500 people to each magical event, and after the walk finishes there will be time to settle down with a picnic and enjoy the entertainment, before gathering at 10pm to celebrate the fact that Marie Curie Nurseâ€™s all around the UK are beginning their overnight shifts in patientâ€™s homes.
The charity hopes the walks will attract around 6,300 people and raise over Â£600,000.
Presenter and keen walker Gail Porter is encouraging walkers to sign up. She said;
â€œWalk Ten is a great excuse to spend a lovely evening with friends and family this summer, whilst also supporting the vital work Marie Curie Nurses, like the nurse who allowed my Grandmother to die at home with dignity, do.
Finishing the walk at the same time Marie Curie Nurseâ€™s are entering peopleâ€™s homes around the UK is such a poignant way to remember the amazing work they do, and really makes the event such a special one.â€
Actress and Presenter Terri Dwyer is also getting behind Walk Ten and has her own reasons for supporting the charity. Terri said;
â€œI know from personal experience what a huge effect the death of a loved one from a terminal illness can have on the whole family, and the importance of having access to the right end of life care support. Thatâ€™s why I think Walk Ten is such a special event-allowing thousands of people across the county to get together, take part in a wonderful event, and also celebrate the amazing work of Marie Curie Nursesâ€
The walks are the perfect reason to let the children stay up late over the summer holidays, a great excuse for a civilised amble with friends, or even a romantic evening stroll with a partner, complete with fairy lights, entertainment and a picnic.
Walk Ten is taking place at 12 spectacular venues across the UK;
â€¢ Tatton Park, Cheshire
â€¢ Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire
â€¢ Richmond, London
â€¢ Stormont Estate, Belfast
â€¢ East Lothian, Scotland
â€¢ Beaufort Castle, Inverness
â€¢ Dinefwr park, Llandielo Wales
â€¢ Stourhead, Wiltshir
â€¢ Boughton House, Northamptonshire
â€¢ Beaulieu, Hampshire
â€¢ Christ Church, Oxford
â€¢ Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
Marie Curie Nurses work through the day and night providing expert care and support to people with cancer and other terminal illnesses â€“ completely free of charge.
The walks, supported by HomeServe, the national home emergencies and repairs expert, all take place during August and September. Registration cost Â£10 (children go free) but everyone is asked to commit to raise as as possible- Â£100 pays for five hours of nursing care, and Â£180 pays for a full nightâ€™s shift in a patientâ€™s home.
For more information go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten or call 08700 340 040
To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse.