Men get the chance to join in on one of Devon’s biggest charity events of the year for the first time as Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay goes Hollywood style. Rowcroft’s biggest fundraising event of the year – the Sleep Walk – has been women-only for a decade – but for 2022 the invitation has gone out to men and boys to join in the fun.
The flagship Sleep Walk returns on Saturday, July 2, and this year it promises more glamor and excitement than ever with the star-studded Saturday Night at the Movies theme. Open to all for Rowcroft’s 40th anniversary year, The Sleep Walk 2022 invites people to tackle a five or 10 mile walk, starting and ending at Torbay Leisure Center in Paignton and raising vital funds to treat those with life-threatening illnesses in South Devon.
“The Sleep Walk is an annual highlight in Rowcroft’s calendar and this year’s event should be even more amazing and memorable,” said Alexia Croft, Rowcroft’s Events Manager. People will dress up as iconic movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, James Bond, the Pink Ladies from Grease and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
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“It’s a fabulous chance to shine like a movie star for the night, while laughing a lot with your friends and family and creating memories for a lifetime! We are very grateful to all of our sleepwalkers who will raise funds much needed for the hospice to help care for patients and families across South Devon.
“While the Sleep Walk has traditionally been a ladies-only night, we’re thrilled to open this year’s event to everyone – including men and boys – as a special way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sleep Walk. hospice, and we really hope that as many people as possible, including families, join in the fun!”
This year the Sleep Walk offers a staggered start, with the first walkers departing from Torbay Leisure Center from 7pm. The full route is ten miles from Paignton to Torquay and back, and will take around three to four hours, but for those who want to do the shorter five mile route there is the option of turning back at Preston Green. All Sleep Walkers will receive a free movie star belt to wear at night, and they will receive a Sleep Walk medal upon arrival.
Rowcroft also offers the “virtual” Sleep Walk option for those who prefer to participate in the event independently. Virtual participants will create a route of their choice and walk any time that suits them between July 2 and July 10.
In the 11 years of the annual Rowcroft Sleep Walk, the event has raised funds totaling over £1.5million, enabling the hospice to provide specialist care and support to local patients and their families in their own homes across South Devon – from Dartmouth to Dawlish and up to Dartmoor – and in the Rowcroft Inpatient Unit in Torquay. The charity currently supports over 2,000 patients each year.
“We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our brilliant Sleep Walkers for their incredible support,” Alexia said. “If you’ve never been on The Sleep Walk before, then this year – the year of Rowcroft’s 40th anniversary – is the perfect time to try it out and join in the wonderful celebrations of four decades of hospice care for our community.”
This year, Sleep Walk is sponsored by Newcross Healthcare. Newcross Healthcare Co-Founder and COO Michelle Gorringe said: “We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of this year’s Sleep Walk and look forward to supporting Rowcroft Hospice with their incredible fundraising event. funds.
“Our ties to the Torbay area and our long-standing partnership with Rowcroft make this event close to our hearts, and we are delighted to help raise funds for this worthy cause.”