Eve: Pyjama party in aid of charity

Trinity's Jean Ferguson, Rachael Heaton and volunteer Marie Mallinson are all illumathon veterans and pulled on their pjs to publicise the fifth anniversary event
Trinity's Jean Ferguson, Rachael Heaton and volunteer Marie Mallinson are all illumathon veterans and pulled on their pjs to publicise the fifth anniversary event
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IMAGINE never knowing what it’s like to get a full night’s sleep.

Many mums can remember the tiredness of the new baby phase – but for a few, those long nights of being “on-duty” never come to an end.

The 2012 Illumathon midnight walk in aid of Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice has the theme of a ‘sleepwalk’ – in recognition of parents who nurse a very poorly child, or those who care for an older relative needing round the clock attention, and for whom a full night’s sleep is an absolute luxury.

This year sees the fifth anniversary of the women-only walk, and to date more than 5,500 women have taken part.

Organisers at Trinity Hospice hope women from across the Fylde coast will put on their pyjamas and trainers and join this year’s midnight walk along the Promenade, on Saturday, September 1.

Both Trinity Hospice and Brian House provide respite for those families who face the daily demands of round the clock care for a loved one.

Every penny of the £15 entry fee and all sponsorship money raised by the Illumathon goes direct to patient care, which means Trinity’s services can be provided free of charge to everyone in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Julie Swift, event organiser at Trinity, said: “I can’t imagine what it is like to care for someone 24 hours a day, month after month, never really knowing what an unbroken night’s sleep is.

“Our Illumathon this year is in recognition of the people for whom those sleepless nights are a way of life. The Illumathon is a massive fundraiser for us, and we are hoping this year will be the best yet.”

Every participant will get a bag, T-shirt, medal and a hot snack at the end, plus the satisfaction of knowing they have helped such a worthy cause.

All ages – including under 16s when accompanied by an adult – can take part in the Illumathon, which will feature a five or 10-mile route, starting from Sainsbury’s at Red Bank Road, Bispham.

Julie added: “The ladies taking part in Illumathon always get into the party spirit by accessorising their outfits, so this time I’m expecting to see striped pyjamas and Illumathon T-shirts worn with fluffy bunny ears, feather boas, flashing earrings, and comfy shoes, of course.”

Sign up online at www.trinityhospice.co.uk or give the Illumathon team a call on (01253) 359355.