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Published: 14th May 2009 15:01

 More than 1,000 women have signed up to take part in the biggest single fundraising event in St Giles Hospice's 25-year history - and with the deadline for entries approaching, now's the time for more wand-waving ‘fairies' to flutter forwards and join in the fun!

Taking an enchanting fairy-tale theme, this year's Solstice Walk will light up Lichfield on the night of Saturday 20th/21st June, with women from across the region invited to take part.

Special guest at this year's event is BBC Radio WM presenter Joanne Malin, who is donning fairy wings and a tiara to take on the nine-mile course.

Helen Relihan, Head of Fundraising for St Giles Hospice, says: "This summer's Solstice Walk has already attracted record numbers, and with capacity for 2,000 entries in total this year, we're urging even more teams and individuals to sign up before the Friday 5th June deadline.

"It's an ideal opportunity for friends, families and colleagues to get together and do something memorable to support St Giles' care for local people with cancer and other serious illnesses.

"Many of our entrants are throwing themselves into the spirit of the occasion and we're really looking forward to seeing lots of fairy wings, wands, glitter and sparkles brightening up the night in Lichfield!"

Women wishing to take part in the Solstice Walk 2009 should contact the St Giles Hospice Fundraising Office before Friday 5th June on 01543 432538, email sarah.shelton@st-giles-hospice.org.uk or visit www.stgileshospice.com/solsticewalk.

Entry is £14 per walker and everyone who signs up will be sent a Solstice Walk sponsorship pack and a map of the nine-mile route around Lichfield.

Last year's Solstice Walk attracted 1,000 entries and raised more than £100,000. Since the first Solstice Walk took place in 2007, the annual event has raised £150,000 for St Giles, with all proceeds spent on the charity's caring services.

St Giles Hospice is a registered charity offering high-quality medical and nursing care for people with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as providing support for their families and carers.

Patients come from across the hospice's catchment area, which ranges from Ashby de la Zouch and Atherstone in the east, to Cannock and Walsall in the west - and from Burton and Uttoxeter in the north, to Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill in the south.

Care is offered at the hospice's facilities in Sutton Coldfield and Whittington between Lichfield and Tamworth, or in patients' own homes across the region.

St Giles spends £6 million every year providing its specialist services. With just a third of this funded by the Government, the registered charity relies heavily on donations and fundraising - of which initiatives such as the Solstice Walk play a major part.




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