Five Marie Curie nurses, representing each of the past five decades, have pulled on their walking boots to launch Walk Ten – a 10k summer evening walk which takes place at Dumfries House, Cumnock on Saturday 25 August.
The event will raise much needed funds to support Marie Curie Cancer Care, whose nurses provide free end of life care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s hospices.
Pat Togar (a Marie Curie nurse from the1980s-1991), Kathy Stewart (1980s) Melia McLean (1990s-present), Kate Copp (2000s-present) and Joyce Hope (2010-present) launched Walk Ten in the year the charity celebrates the 60th anniversary of its nursing service.
Marie Curie nurse, Kate Copp, said: “Walk Ten celebrates the incredible work Marie Curie nurses do on a daily basis. We need the support of participants to raise funds and enable Marie Curie to continue its invaluable work throughout the year.
“Aside from being a fantastic way to raise money and show support, the event is great fun. There’s a real festival atmosphere at the end of every walk as friends and families come together. Then at 10pm, which is the time Marie Curie nurses start their night shifts across the country, candles are lit and everyone is silent for a few moments to think about the nurses and the people they are caring for.”
Cherie Raby, Clinical Lead Nurse for Marie Curie Cancer Care, added: “We’ve been really pleased with the response so far to Walk Ten, but there’s still time for others to sign up. I’d encourage anyone who enjoys walking to get some friends together and register. All the funds raised by participants will help Marie Curie nurses to provide more care to people with terminal illnesses, and we’d urge all of our walkers to raise as much as they can.”
Registration is £10 per person in advance (children go free) and £20 to register on the night.
For more information about Walk Ten or to register visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten or call 08700 340 040.