Women can now sign up for Trinity Hospice’s annual girls night out with a difference.
The Illumathon is back again – the biggest event on the hospice’s fundraising calendar – but this year, there is one major difference.
Traditionally, the walk – which allows women to choose from a five or 10-mile route through the famous Blackpool Illuminations – started at midnight.
But this year, following feedback from participants and to allow more women to take part, the event will start earlier – at 10.30pm.
The theme for this year’s Illumathon will be heroes, carrying on from the recent Hospice Heroes campaign, which, run in conjunction with The Gazette, challenged people to raise £200,000 for a much-needed refurbishment project.
Nearly 1,000 women took part in the walk last year, and 300 have already signed up.
Shirley Morgan, communications manager at Trinity, said: “Quite a few ladies over the years have said their younger daughters or older mums would love to take part and would do, if the finish wasn’t at 3.30am.
“The 10.30pm start means lots of our walkers can be back home and getting their beauty sleep well before then.
“We want ladies to release their inner Wonder Woman and join us for a great night. It’s chance for women to dress up as their favourite glamorous superhero and show everyone not all heroes wear capes.
“It is a ladies-only event, but men are more than welcome to help out on the night, or come along to cheer us on.
“On the night we will be setting up a memory board, where people can write messages about a loved one before setting off on the walk. Perhaps their message could say who they are walking for, or what the hospice means to them.
“Trinity Hospice wouldn’t exist without the support of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre community.
“Demand for our compassionate care grows every year and with money raised at Illumathon, we help secure Trinity’s future.”
The walk will start as usual from Sainsbury’s on Red Bank Road, in Bispham, and there will be entertainment from 9.30pm on the night.
Online entry is now open on the Trinity website, or women can collect a brochure from the hospice.
Call (01253) 358881 or visit www.trinityhospice.co.uk