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Dougie Mac Glow in the Moonlight Walk open to all for the first time ever!

2018 is bringing about some exciting changes for the Dougie Mac’s Glow in the Moonlight Walk including a brand new location and routes taking place from Newcastle under Lyme School on Saturday 7th July.

In addition, for the first time ever, Dougie Mac invites men, women, boys and girls of all ages to lace up their trainers, dress up in neon, put on flashing merchandise, have their faces professionally painted and get ready to Glow in the Moonlight.

Supporters can opt between a 5-mile Half Moon Walk and a 10-mile Full Moon Walk, taking in the sights and sounds of Lyme Valley Park and Newcastle Town Centre.

With lots planned throughout the route, this year’s Glow in the Moonlight event promises to be a night to remember and it’s still just £10 to register. On the night, there will be a warm-up with live entertainment on the Glowfest stage and the opportunity to shop in the Glowfest markets from 7pm before the walks set off at 9.30pm.

Supporters are also invited to help Dougie Mac break a world record for the ‘Most People Dancing to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” While Wearing Glow Stick Necklaces’.

During previous Moonlight Walk events, supporters could dedicate a candle in the hospice’s Moonlight Candle Garden but this year, as part of the Glow in the Moonlight Walk, they will be able to dedicate a flower in the Glowing Garden as an opportunity to share your memories in honour of a loved one.

Josephine Ashton, who will turn 36 on the night of Glow in the Moonlight, will be supporting the event. She and husband Elliot usually start the walkers off in their classic Mini, but this year is different for Josephine…

In November 2017, Josephine had to have her lower left leg amputated because of diabetic Charcot in her ankle. She’s decided to take on the Glow in the Moonlight Walk this year as part of her rehabilitation and to support the hospice. “I am attempting to do the 5-mile Half Moon Walk in my self-propelled wheelchair. There is also a chance I will have my prosthetic by then and would love to at least cross the finish line walking” said the inspirational Josephine.

The Ashtons have been keen supporters of the hospice for some time, particularly since 2015 when Elliot’s dad sadly lost his battle against illness at the hospice.

Josephine said: “We support Dougie Mac as we’ve seen the fantastic work everyone does first-hand. My father-in-law’s final days were made better by the wonderful care and support Dougie Mac provided, not just to Eric but also his family and friends. Because of the wonderful care, Eric was able to meet his granddaughter Eliza; it was all the more poignant for him because he wanted to see the day we had a baby as our little boy Edward was stillborn in 2009 and so he got his final wish to hold Eliza on his knee.”

Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events, commented,

“Josephine is such an inspiring lady and we’re pleased that this event is able to form part of her rehabilitation. We wish her the very best of luck on the night.

We’re also looking forwarding to welcoming EVERYONE at this year’s Glow in the Moonlight Walk. All monies raised from the Glow in the Moonlight Walk will support local families and patients facing a life limiting illness.”

To register for the Dougie Mac Glow in the Moonlight Walk, please visit: http://fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk/event/Glow-in-the-Moonlight

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