Midnight Walk FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How far are the routes?
There is a choice of six or ten miles.

Where will the walk take us? 
The Midnight Walk will take walkers through the outskirts of Ipswich starting and finishing in Trinity Park. Both routes will pass the hospice in Foxhall Road and the ten mile route will also take walkers along the waterfront.

Is a map of the routes available?
A map of the routes will be posted out to you with your walker pack.

Do I need to specify which route I will take on the night?
When you register, you will be asked what route you will be taking, six or ten miles. The timings for the evening, including the departure times of different groups, are given below:
20:00: Gates open
22:00: All walkers leave Trinity Park, Ipswich

Will there be parking on the night?
Yes, there will be parking available on the night at Trinity Park. This will cost £1 per vehicle so please bring change with you if you’d like to park your car. All proceeds from the car park will go straight to the hospice.

Where is registration on the night?
Registration will take place on the night in the Cattle Shed at Trinity Park, Ipswich. This will be signposted.

Are there any lockers/storage facilities to leave things at the start? 

How much does it cost to take part? 
The registration fee is £10 with the Early Bird offer until 31 January 2019. The cost will be £15 per person thereafter until midday on Thursday 9 May 2019. This covers the cost of administration, your Midnight Walk T-shirt, refreshments on route and your medal at the end.  The registration fee ensures that all the sponsorship money you raise can go directly to helping our patients and their families, friends and carers.

When do I get my T-shirt?
These will be available early May 2019. Those who have not paid postage and packing to have their T-shirt sent will be asked to collect from St Elizabeth Hospice on the following dates:

  • Saturday 4 May 2019, 10am - 2pm
  • Sunday 5 May 2019, 10am - 2pm

Unfortunately we are unable to change the T-shirt size you request when you sign up.

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money? 
We ask each participant to raise as much sponsorship as possible. By raising £120 you will fund a home visit to a patient living with a terminal illness by one of our health care assistants, enabling them to stay at home and prevent unwanted hospital admissions.

You can download a paper Sponsor Form here. Please ensure each individual’s details are added. Gift Aid cannot be claimed without these.

Can I collect sponsorship from people online?
You can create your own Just Giving page with details of what you are doing, when and why. You can email links to your friends, family and colleagues anywhere in the world and they can donate online by debit or credit card. St Elizabeth Hospice automatically receives any donations made via your page. Simply visit www.justgiving.org.uk.

Can I Gift Aid my donation?
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.

What else can I do to raise money?

Many employers will match fund the amounts their employees fundraise. Why not speak with your employer and ask them if they will do this. It is quick and simple and won’t cost you a thing. Usually all they require is a letter from us confirming what you have raised and we will happily provide you with this.

How do I hand in my sponsor money?
Please send cheques to: Midnight Walk Team, St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LX.  Alternatively, you can bring the money to the Ipswich Hospice.

If you have set up a St Elizabeth Hospice Giving page, we automatically receive all donations made through the website, so you don't need to do anything!

How long will the walk take?
The walk will take approximately two-three hours for a fit walker but 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 as well as walkers at the back of the pack to ensure the last participants return safely.

Will there be any refreshments? 
There will be refreshments on both the six mile route and the ten mile route. There will be hot drinks waiting for you when you return to Trinity Park where you started. We recommend you bring water to take with you when you walk.

Will there be toilets en route?
Toilet facilities will be available at the start/finish, the rest point on the ten mile route and at the hospice stop where both routes pass through.

Will it be safe? 
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. The event has been organised in conjunction with Suffolk Constabulary and the route will be well marshalled by volunteers.

I'm in a wheelchair? Can I still take part?
Please contact us to discuss further. Call 01473 707043 or email midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk

What do I need to wear?
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Your registration fee includes a T-shirt and we are encouraging all participants to dress like it's 1989!

Can I bring pets?
No pets or animals are permitted on the Midnight Walk except guide dogs.

Do I have to be fit?
No, you can take it at your own pace.  We do recommend that you should train before taking part and that you feel comfortable that you will be able to complete a long run or walk.  The Midnight Walk is a fun event, designed for you to take at your own pace; it is not a race.

How old do I need to be?
Entrants must be 10 years of age or over on 11 May 2018.
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.

Can I walk with a group of my friends?

To make administration easier, we would encourage all groups of walkers to give themselves a group name. When signing up on Eventbrite you will be given the option to add in your group name.

Is there any other way I can support the event/Hospice?
If you are taking part, please spread the word amongst your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours. We also need a lot of volunteer support to help the event run smoothly; to get involved, contact the Midnight Walk team.

If you are taking on your challenge in memory of someone special , why not set up a tribute fund and grow your memory fund through your fundraising . The tribute fund has an area where you can enter your event and share through social media. It has a totaliser so you can see how well you are doing. Add photos of your event it will inspire people to support you and your special tribute fund .

Set up your fund here http://stelizabeth.muchloved.org/g_home.aspx  if you require assistance in setting a tribute fund up please call 01473 723600 and we can assist in doing this.

 St Elizabeth Hospice Tribute Funds are easy to set up and last forever, keeping memories alive.

I can't find an answer to my question, what do I do?
If your question has not been answered, you can email us at midnightwalk@stelizabethhospice.org.uk or call on 01473 707043

Please note that the route distances are approximate and rounded to the nearest mile.

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