Midnight Walk FAQs

This year it will be a single 7 mile route starting and finishing at ITFC. Please note that the route distances are approximate and rounded to the nearest mile.

The walk starts at 9.45pm. 

Registration opens at 7.00pm. 

The Midnight Walk will take walkers on a circular route through the centre and outskirts of Ipswich starting and finishing at the ‘Fan Zone’ at Ipswich Town Football Club. The route will pass the hospice on Foxhall Road and Ipswich Waterfront. 

A map of the routes will be emailed to you and available on our website from February onwards.

Whilst most of the route is flat there are some gradients. Back Hamlet is on the route.

The walk will take approximately two to three hours. There is no rush and we encourage all participants to go at their own pace. The event is definitely not a race and there will be no pressure to finish in a certain time. There will be lead walkers/cyclist as well as walkers at the back of the pack to ensure the last participants return safely.

You can take it at your own pace. However, we do recommend that you should train before taking part and that you feel comfortable that you will be able to complete a long walk. The Midnight Walk is a fun event, designed for you to take at your own pace; it is not a race.

Entrants must be 10 years of age or over on day of registration.

Any walker under the age of 18 must include the name and authorisation of the parent/guardian who will be accompanying them on the walk on their registration form.

We would encourage all groups of walkers to give themselves a group name. When signing up on Enthuse you will be given the option to add in your group name as well as linking your fundraising pages automatically. 

There are surface car parks around the stadium that can be accessible 24 hours/day are:                                                                                          

Portman Road A Car Park                                                                  

Portman Road B Car Park                                                                        

Portman Road C Car Park                                                                    

Portman Road D Car Park                                                                    

Princes Street Car Park 

Please note as these are privately operated carparks charges do apply.

See below link about all information regarding our Long & Short Stay Car Park. https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/carparks

Toilet facilities will be available at the start/finish, the hospice and at any marked rest points on the route map.

There will be water stops and some refreshments on route and at ITFC. We recommend you bring water to take with you when you walk. There will also be some food and drink vendors at the hospice and at ITFC.

Yes. The route is accessible via wheelchair. The terrain is pavements where there are drop curbs available. Please note there are some gradients on this walk and the routes are not entirely flat. If you have any queries about access needs, please contact us to discuss further. Call 01473 723600 or email midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk 

No pets or animals are permitted on the Midnight Walk except guide dogs.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The theme this year is 80’s Disco to celebrate the Hospice’s 35th birthday so we'd love to see your brightest outfits! We also have t-shirts available to purchase when you register. Along with this our retail team will be there on the night selling a variety of items. 

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. The route will be well marshalled by volunteers.

Registration will take place within the event village located in the marquee beside the ‘Fan Zone’ at ITFC.

No. All participants will be responsible for their belongings and will need to take anything they bring on the walk.

The registration fee is £12 with the Early Bird offer until 23:59 on 29 February 2024. The cost will be £17 per person thereafter until 23:59 on 15 May 2024. A booking fee does apply to all registrations. The registration fee ensures that all the costs of the event are covered and all sponsorship money you raise can go directly to helping our patients and their families receiving end of life care. 

Due to the increased cost of t-shirts and event costs, t-shirts are no longer included within the registration fee. These can be purchased separately when ordering tickets.

T-shirts cost £8 each. They should be ordered during the registration process.

T-shirts can be collected from St Elizabeth Hospice on Wednesday 8 May 2024 between 3pm and 7pm or Sunday 12 May 2024 between 10am and 2pm. After that they can be collected on the night at ITFC. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the t-shirt size you request when you sign up as they are made to order.

By signing up to the Midnight Walk you will automatically receive your very own Enthuse Giving Page to start fundraising. Don't forget to share it with your supporters and kick start your fundraising efforts.

You can also download a paper sponsor form here.

There is no minimum sponsorship ask for individuals or groups that sign up. However, as this is a big fundraising event for St Elizabeth Hospice we do encourage those that take part to raise what they can. A suggested figure to aim for would be £50 as an individual and £250 for groups. 

You can ask each person that sponsors you to Gift Aid their donation by ticking the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form, if they are a UK taxpayer or pay Capital Gains Tax. For every £1 they donate, we receive an extra 25p.

Please send cheques to: Midnight Walk Team, St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LX. Alternatively, you can bring the money in person to the Ipswich hospice.

If you have set up an Enthuse page, we automatically receive all donations made through the website, so you don't need to do anything!

Please do not bring sponsor money to the event. 

Please do let us know if you have matched giving money to add to your sponsorship. We can chat through options with how you can pay in that money. 

A lot of companies have matched funding in place where they give a donation to their employees who do fundraising events. This is a really great way for you to boost your fundraising income. If you are unsure whether your company does matched funding please do ask. If you have any questions about matched giving please contact our Events team on midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk and they will be happy to chat through this further with you.

Yes. There are lots of ways in which you can support St Elizabeth Hospice.

Please spread the word amongst your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours and get them signed up too! The more that help with promoting this event, the more will sign up and get involved.             

We also need volunteer support to help the event run smoothly. There are lots of roles where we need volunteer help. To volunteer, email midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk 

We are also looking for people that might be able to cheer along the route. If you live along the route and able to cheer from your house or driveway we would love to hear from you.

If you work for a company that might be interested in supporting the Midnight Walk we would love to speak to them. There are lots of areas to support. Please do pass this onto anyone you know that might be interested.

If you'd like to know more about the event or have a question relating to the hospice and our fundraising please do email midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk or call T: 01473 723600


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