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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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West Cumbrian Lady steps up for women's charity walk

The wife of Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s president Lord Judd is looking forward to doing her bit for the charity when she joins this year’s Midnight Walk in Workington.

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MIDNIGHT WALKER: Christine Judd gets ready to take part in Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s annual charity walk in Workington next month

Lady Christine Judd, 72, of Thackthwaite, near Lorton, has taken part in the annual walk since it began in 2009 and has raise more than £1,000 over the three events.

She became involved in the charity when her husband was made president in 2008 and has accompanied him to countless events as well as attending the charity’s annual meeting each year.

She said: “I thought a Midnight Walk sounded rather fun, which it is.

“When you have got a great stream of flashing lights from all the bunny ears it is really quite emotional and inspiring and you can see it stretching out into the distance.

“It is a very friendly event and people wave from their windows and stand outside their houses cheering us on.

“It is a very girly occasion I really enjoy.

“I am going to try to keep going until I am 75, then you never know.”

This year’s walk will take place on June 29 starting from Tesco’s car park and covering a six-mile route around the town.

The ladies-only event is the charity’s main fund-raiser but entries have been much slower this year.

Lady Judd said: “To anyone thinking of doing the walk I would just emphasise what terrific fun it is.

“The atmosphere is really special and unique and we do this terrific warm-up beforehand.

“On top of it being a really fun evening you always have the glow of satisfaction of knowing you are doing something for a good cause so you cannot fault it.”

The charity provides home nursing, complimentary therapy, nursing support, family and bereavement support and a lymphoedema service.

It needs to raise about £500,000 a year to keep its services going and all the money raised stays in West Cumbria.

Lady Judd said: “It is such a good charity because an awful lot of people don’t want to have to leave their home at the end of life.

“To be able to know that you are going to have regular care and be freed as far as you can be from pain and symptoms in your own home, where you feel secure, is tremendous.

“It is certainly what I hope to do if I don’t go out with a bang.”

Entry forms for the walk can be found at the hospice fund-raising office at Cumberland House, Oxford Street, Workington, in hospice charity shops and the Times & Star office in Oxford Street.

Entries can be made online at www.hospiceathomewestcumbria.org.uk

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