When it comes to encouraging more open discussion around the sensitive subjects of death and dying, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is leading the herd, with a fun and enchanting trail that’s set to add a splash of colour across our city and get people talking.

In collaboration with independent children’s books publisher Andersen Press and creator of public art events Wild in Art, St Luke’s is bringing Elmer the patchwork elephant – the iconic, much-loved storybook character created by Devon-born author and artist David McKee – to Plymouth for Elmer’s Big Parade in 2019, 30 years since Andersen Press first published the Elmer story.
For ten weeks over summer 2019, the eye-catching Elmer’s Big Parade will be adding colour and fun to the city and surrounding areas, where St Luke’s cares for patients with progressive life-limiting illnesses and supports their families and carers.

The 40 unique elephant sculptures, each painted by an established or emerging local artist, will form a trail that will both attract new visitors to Plymouth, curious to see what Elmer is up to, and encourage residents to explore areas they might not have ventured to before.
The sculptures will help people ‘navigate’ the city while increasing awareness of St Luke’s, de-mystifying death, dying and hospice care, and raising vital funds to help the charity look after more patients who need its compassionate care.

The project also includes an interactive app to help people follow the herd, detailing the sculpture locations and enabling them to join the Elmer community by uploading selfies as they go.
Running alongside the trail will be an engaging interactive educational programme for Key Stage 2 and 3 school children that will aid their understanding of death and dying in an age-appropriate way.

Elmer’s Big Parade will be formally launched on 21 March 2018 at Ocean Studios, when a bespoke Elmer designed by popular local artist Brian Pollard will take pride of place alongside a ‘classic’ bright patchwork Elmer.

Following the launch, artists will be invited to submit their designs from June 2018, with the sculpture trail opening in July 2019.

Speaking about the project, St Luke’s Chief Executive Steve Statham said: “An elephant never forgets and that’s a key message for us, too. We want to help people create lasting memories and at St Luke’s we are very proud that we can do this for many patients and their families.

“We’re really excited about Elmer’s Big Parade. As well as being full of fun that will spread a big grin across Plymouth and the wider area, it will encourage meaningful discussion about death, dying and bereavement, subjects we often shy away from but would all benefit from being more open about.
“In addition to being a great free and healthy day out for all the family as they walk the trail, it will also attract new visitors to our city, raising Plymouth’s profile and bringing economic benefits, as well as showcasing a wealth of local artistic talent.”

Charlie Langhorne, Director, Wild in Art, added: “By joining forces with Andersen Press and creating a blank 3D canvas inspired by the famous patchwork elephant, we just know that this big parade will have a positive impact on Plymouth’s residents and visitors, and of course St Luke’s. With similar parades featuring Elmer in Ipswich and Tyne & Wear too, we’re excited to be turning the country patchwork for fantastic causes in 2019.”

Paul Black, PR Director, Andersen Press, added: “We are delighted to be working with St Luke’s and Wild in Art on this project, and cannot wait to see the colourful Elmers around Plymouth – to bring this amazing trail to Plymouth, a place so close to the heart of David McKee, Elmer’s creator, is really the icing on the cake. Here’s hoping we raise lots of money for St Luke’s Hospice, whilst making a fun, inclusive and interactive trail for the public.”

St Luke’s is offering local businesses and other organisations the opportunity to sponsor one of the 40 unique Elmer sculptures that are set to enchant and inspire. Ultimately, these sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for St Luke’s, ensuring a fitting legacy for the people and communities of Plymouth and the surrounding areas which benefit from the charity’s outstanding care.

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What can you do to make Plymouth a compassionate place for everyone living, studying and working here? That’s the big topic drawing people from across education, the arts, business, health, charities and the voluntary sector to join the conversation at the Compassionate City Conference on 17 May, facilitated by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week (14 – 20 May), the charity is facilitating the event to highlight the positive work already happening across the city while encouraging co-operation and collaboration to address current and future challenges.

According to the Compassionate City Charter for end of life, a compassionate city is a community that recognises that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, love and loss occur every day across our society. It defines a compassionate community as one that recognises that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not solely a task for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.

Key speakers at the event include Allan Kellehear, Professor of Sociology and Compassionate Care at the University of Bradford and author of ‘Compassionate Cities: Public Health and End of Life Care’, and Tam Martin Fowles, UK Ambassador for the Charter for Compassion International, Hope in the Heart CIC.

In addition, delegates will hear about inspirational case studies, including those relating to St Luke’s work with the homeless and prisoners, and participate in round table discussions to share information, ideas and form actions that can make a difference in any setting, from schools and colleges to places of worship, the workplace, care homes and cafes.

Speaking about the conference, Abenaa Gyamfuah-Assibey, St Luke’s Community Development Worker, said: “We’re proud to be part of this vital conversation, which will encourage the kind of joined-up thinking our city needs to put ideas into action and see positive outcomes that will support everyone at times of difficulty and loss, regardless of their age or background.

“An important part of this – as outlined in the charter – is raising awareness around death and dying, loss and care. It is in communities and workplaces that we need to tackle these ‘taboo’ subjects, and for this to happen we need to work together with everyone who has an interest in having a more open discussion.”

The conference takes place  at Boringdon Park Golf Club from 8.30am to 5pm. Places are £10 per person and can be booked online.

As two of the city’s most popular fundraising events are launched this month, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is laying down a challenge to men and women in the community – who can raise the most funds for the vital end of life care the charity provides?

Men’s Day Out and the ladies’ Neon Midnight Walk are two of St Luke’s flagship events, raising money to help ensure it can continue to give free and outstanding care to people living with a life limiting progressive illness, as well as supporting their families.

Both events are an opportunity for people to gather their friends, walk in memory of loved ones and create new memories while enjoying the fun atmosphere.

This year’s Men’s Day Out, on Saturday 24 March, is set to be manlier than ever. Powered by IU Energy, the day of rugby and banter will see 2,000 men – many in fancy dress – walking a 12km route through Plymouth city centre and along the South West Coast Path before enjoying a well-earned pasty and pint at Plymouth Albion RFC, where they’ll see Albion take on Coventry in a top of the table clash.

Events Fundraiser Rebecca Kelly said, “Men’s Day Out, generously sponsored by IU Energy, is hugely popular and sells out fast, so we’re urging our male supporters to register now to avoid disappointment. It’s a chance for them to do their bit, remember loved ones and have a great time.”

Registration for the event is £32, which provides a t-shirt, pasty, pint and rugby match ticket as well as covering the logistics of the day.

Also putting their best foot forward for St Luke’s will be thousands of women ‘getting their glow on’ to take part in this summer’s Neon Midnight Walk, on Saturday 21 July. The event, sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, will see the ladies striding along a 3, 6 or 13.1 mile route from the Piazza, Royal Parade, through Plymouth, remembering loved ones and enjoying the electric atmosphere with their friends.

There will be a warm-up with party tunes at the Piazza before the first walkers set off at 9pm. This year’s warm up will be lead by Cheezifit, the new craze that’s sweeping Plymouth, the innovative way to exercise whilst listening to your favourite cheesey tunes.

Rebecca Kelly said, “Uniting the women of our community, our Neon Midnight Walk is the city’s favourite ladies’ night out. We’re grateful to Nash & Co Solicitors for supporting this event once again, and we’re urging women of all ages and fitness levels to go even bigger and brighter this year, with neon outfits, lots of sparkle and glow sticks. And we’re introducing some good-natured rivalry – will it be the guys or the girls who raise the most for St Luke’s through these two events?”

Registration for the Neon Midnight Walk costs £22 and includes an exclusive neon t-shirt, as well as a medal and goody bag for all finishers.

Register for either of these events online, or call 01752 492626 for further details.

Staff at St Luke’s Care are beaming with pride this week as the government’s care regulator rated the domiciliary care service as outstanding – an accolade that puts it in the top 0.5% of organisations inspected nationwide and makes it one of the three out of 198 providers in Plymouth to receive the highest rating.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) looked at the work of St Luke’s Care over a three-day inspection in the autumn, talking with clients as well as meeting staff at the service’s headquarters at Brooklands in Crownhill, Plymouth.

St Luke’s Care provides paid-for care and support to adults of any age with illness, disability or frailty so that they can continue to live as independently as possible in their own homes. Covering Plymouth and South West Devon, the team gives support with personal care, as well as help with daily living tasks and activities.

Rating the service outstanding overall, the CQC highlighted in particular the ‘extremely caring’ way St Luke’s Care staff look after people, and the ‘exceptional’ leadership demonstrated by the management team.

Placing people at the heart of its service and providing them with personalised care is key to its achievements, St Luke’s Care believes. This was evident to the CQC, its report noting that people were ‘supported to be involved about how they received their care and support’.

Going the extra mile for the people they help is also central to St Luke’s Care’s ethos of compassion, as the inspector’s report demonstrated. “The staff are excellent. They brought me flowers when I came out of hospital. They do everything and more – they never make me feel like a burden,” said one person who used the service, while another said, “It’s the little things that make all the difference. They pick up fish and chips for me once a week and make sure I have fresh bread.”

Without exception, relatives met by the inspector also spoke very highly of the care their loved ones received, describing the positive impact St Luke’s Care has on their quality of life and the life of their family and loved ones.

Sarah Roberts, Business Care Manager for St Luke’s Care, said: “We are very proud to receive this outstanding rating, which is testament to the exceptional commitment of the whole team. Whether they receive care every day or for a few hours a week, we are passionate about enhancing people’s well-being and quality of life, and strive to keep clients and their families at the centre of our service. They consistently tell us what a difference our team’s holistic approach makes to them, and to have this recognised by the CQC is a wonderful endorsement”.

“Developing staff and sharing best practice with other organisations helps ensure we provide the highest standard of care. We’re currently recruiting new domiciliary care staff and as part of this, we’re holding a Recruitment Open Day on 16 January. This is a great opportunity to meet the team and find out about the very rewarding work we do, helping people to live as independently as possible.”

To mark the end of Hospice Care Week, it was mud, sweat and gears this weekend as over a thousand intrepid cyclists came together to pit themselves against the wilds of Dartmoor for the St Luke’s Tour de Moor cycling challenge, generously sponsored by Print Copy Scan.

On Sunday 15 October the annual off road bike challenge – a complete sell-out – raised an estimated £80,000 thanks to the 1,300 participants who took on the off-road 11km, 23km or 52km routes from Harrowbeer Airfield, Yelverton.

For many it wasn’t just about a fun muddy challenge across Dartmoor, but a chance to remember a loved one and witness first hand how far St Luke’s care reaches beyond Plymouth. Rebecca Kelly, Events Fundraiser for St Luke’s, said: “With almost half of our care taking place at home, the bikers will have travelled through some of the most remote Dartmoor villages and experienced the challenges our nurses face every day to provide this care at home, day or night and in every type of weather imaginable”. It is this care that drives people to get out of bed at 6am on a misty Sunday morning, hop on a bike and do their bit for charity.

Riding in memory of Dad, Edward was Dave Noble from Eggbuckland: “Dad had a sudden onset of dementia and was admitted to St Luke’s at Turnchapel. The care and compassion the doctors and nurses gave to him in his final weeks was outstanding. Taking part today is my way of saying thank you to St Luke’s and raising a bit of cash to helping others who may need the support from this incredible charity in years to come.”

Chris Putt from Elburton also riding the 52km in memory of his mum Peggy said,: “Without the help of St Luke’s I don’t know how we would have coped. Supporting the charity is so important because it does such fantastic work.”

“Hats off, or should I say helmets to all the marshals and volunteers who gave up their Sunday to help out. The 52km was quite tricky in places and very hard going up past the scout hut to Princetown, but best of all plenty of mud a puddles!” said Lindsey Lee Pritchard from Honicknowle.

Di Foster added, “My first year and wow! The toughest most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do. Will I be back next year, you bet I will be – I had far too much fun.”

It was a family outing for Matt Kelley and his son Toby (aged 11) from Modbury. “This is for Dad, a firefighter at Plymstock who we really miss. He would often volunteer for St Luke’s and in his final days he received such great care from the hospice.”

Rebecca Kelly, Events Fundraiser for St Luke’s, added: “What an amazing day! We’re so grateful to all who braved the course. Our riders have pledged enough to look after 80 families at home in the year ahead and that’s a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. They did us proud!”

St Luke’s would like to thank local firm Print Copy Scan for their sponsorship of this year’s event, as well as recognising the kindness of the Maristow Estate and Buckland Abbey for the use of their land, the Devon and Cornwall Rescue Team and St John’s Ambulance for their vital support and the Plume of Feathers pub for help with facilities.

St Luke’s provides care for people dealing with life-limiting illnesses everywhere from Salcombe to East Cornwall, via Tavistock and the moors, supporting families as much as patients. The charity supports around 3,500 people and their families each year, vital services which it needs to raise over £4 million to provide.

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Accumulator Challenge

How much money can you raise in one month?

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is asking local businesses and organisations to get creative with their money making skills during October in its latest fundraising challenge.

The local charity is inviting teams to take part in its Accumulator Challenge, a month long challenge to raise as much money for the charity from an initial £50.

Every team that signs up will be given a £50 note and one month to find interesting and innovative ways of gaining as much profit as possible, all of which will be donated to St Luke’s.

St Luke’s corporate fundraiser Nicola Keen said, “Our Accumulator Challenge is an exciting and creative way for teams to work together to raise money for St Luke’s. We are inviting companies and organisations to get involved and see how much money they can make with their £50. You could run fundraising events, auction items, invest the £50 on the stock market, set sporting challenges or organise social activities to raise funds. There are so many great reasons to sign up, not only will you be helping to support over 3,480 patients locally every year, but it is a fantastic opportunity to boost teamwork and morale in your organisation.”

The challenge begins with a drinks reception in September at PL1 Restaurant and will be hosted by students at City College Plymouth. Teams will then have from 1 – 31 October to make as much profit from their £50 as possible. The winning team who have managed to raise the most amount money will then be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 8 November.

Last year the 10 local businesses who took part in the Accumulator Challenge raised £9,340 for patient care. This money makes a real difference to patients of St Luke’s in the last months, weeks and days of life. At home, in hospital or at their specialist unit in Turnchapel, the money raised from the Accumulator Challenge helps St Luke’s to continue to provide specialist care for patients and give vital support to their families.

If you think your company or business has what it takes, then contact St Luke’s at corporate@stlukes-hospice.org.uk or call 01752 964414 to sign up your team.

Visit the Accumulator Challenge page online.

A Plymouth based charity has created a central online hub of information for healthcare professionals and patients, with the launch of their new website.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has launched a brand new website, with quality of care provision at its’ core.

A key focus of the website is their new ‘information hub’, which provides resources, downloads and medical guidance for health and social care professionals, medical students and patients and their carers.

Other features of the new website include a dedicated area for course bookings for the variety of end of life training and clinical courses that the charity runs, as well as a live feed of care reviews left on the ‘Tripadvisor’ of the care profession, iWantGreatCare.

The website also includes a virtual tour of St Luke’s specialist unit at Turnchapel. The online tool offers the chance to wander around the halls of the local landmark, and hopes to demystify the work done by the nursing teams and support staff that work inside.

The website has been designed by Plymouth based creative branding design company, Logo Creative Partners. The website is the result of 10 months of hard work, since the charity launched a tender process for the work back in September 2016. The project has highlighted the importance of local partnerships, with the two Plymouth organisations working closely to create a website that not only represents the charity and its’ values, but provides clear information surrounding end of life care for healthcare professionals and patients alike.

Logo Creative Partners were chosen to undertake the project as they showed a clear understanding of the St Luke’s ethos and position within the community, which they were able to translate into the design of the website.

Communications and Marketing Officer at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Gabby Prior said, “We are excited to finally launch our brand new website, it has been a long time coming. As a hospice charity, it was always going to be a challenge to ensure that our website catered for all our loyal fundraisers as well as health and social care professionals and most importantly, our patients, but Logo Creative Partners have definitely helped us to achieve that balance. We want the St Luke’s website to not only be an informative hub that medical professionals and our patients can turn to for signposting and guidance, but also to provide a wealth of creative ideas and support to make your fundraising event the talk of the town.”

Managing Director at Logo Creative Partners, Nick Burrage said, “Logo Creative Partners were delighted to be able to work on the St Luke’s website. We clearly identified the challenge as treating the very different visitor groups to the site appropriately in each case. While medical professionals will be busy people in search of information, friends and relatives of those using the hospice need to be treated in an entirely different way, sensitive to their situation. Of course there are also a large number of fun-runners and donors who have a different mindset again!

“Working closely with the team at St Luke’s was a joy – they are well-informed and passionate and it made the design and build process a really productive one. The site will allow the hospice to link in more closely with the medical profession and be fully accessible to the wider Plymouth community which is rightly proud of St Luke’s.”

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides care and support to over 3480 people suffering from life-limiting illnesses at home, in Derriford Hospital and at their specialist unit at Turnchapel. To find out more about the charity and to access their new information hub visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

2 July 2017

Thousands of women painted Plymouth City Centre neon on Saturday, as they took part in St Luke’s Neon Midnight Walk.

The annual St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Midnight Walk, sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, left a fluorescent glow on the city as over 1700 women donned neon t shirts and face paint to raise money for people with life-limiting illnesses in the local area.

The women set off from the new location of the Piazza, Armada Way, following an energetic hip hop based warm up from Street Factory, a not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

Dressed head to toe in neon with plenty of glow sticks and party tunes to guide them through the night, the ladies took on three routes of either 3, 6 or 13.1 miles, culminating back at the Piazza in the early hours.

The walk even included a choice of diversion, a trip on The Plymouth Sound or a journey through the Barbican in style. The ladies either enjoyed a boat cruise from Plymouth Boat Trips, which ferried the women across the water from Queen Anne’s Battery to the historic Barbican Quarter of Sutton Harbour, or a bus provided by Plymouth City Bus, taking ladies through the Barbican, both to the sound of party music to make their big night out complete.

As the ladies crossed the finish line they received a goody bag, their well deserved medals and a glass of bubbly, to plenty of hugs and cheers.
It was a family outing for Alison Scott. Joined by Lynda, Hollie and Sharon from Beacon Park and dressed in neon yellow, these ladies took on three mile challenge. “We’re walking in memory of my Dad who passed away this year” said Alison. “My Dad was cared for by the St Luke’s crisis team, so dad could remain at home in his last few days. Dad wanted to be at home and St Luke’s made it possible providing round the clock nursing care, we can’t thank them enough for what they did.”

Tara Smith was part of a group of seven from the co-op on Albert Road, Devonport. “We had a massive bucket in work, and our kind customers have helped us raise over £1,000 for this amazing cause. They did us proud, thank you.” Taking on the six mile route, Tara added, “It was a good laugh, we all enjoyed it. There is so much positivity here tonight, so many people know someone who has had cancer and received care by St Luke’s, it’s not about been sad, it’s about remembering and celebrating the life of some very special people.”

Raising over £100, Natalie Powell from St Budeaux said, “I really ,really enjoyed it, it had a real party atmosphere. For me the toughest bit on the 13.1 miles was going up Alma Road, but once you got your pace and got it the run of things, it was absolutely brilliant. The marshals were absolutely fantastic, people clapping and cheering you en route, taxi drivers tooting their horns it really makes you want to do it quicker.”

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “The Midnight Walk was once again a fantastic success, it was brilliant to see so many women of all ages joining together to walk for St Luke’s, raising money for end of life care in their local community. Thank you to everyone who took part and please don’t forget to get your sponsorship money in so your walk can really make a difference.”

St Luke’s would like to thank everyone that took part, contributed, donated or volunteered to help make the night what it was, including; Nash & Co Solicitors, Plymouth City Council, PL1 Events, Powwow TV, Street Factory, Heart Radio, Sainsbury’s Armada Way, Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth City Bus, Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response Team, Rapid Relief Team Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Roaming Bike Marshals, Costa Coffee Marsh Mills and Armada Way, McDonalds Marsh Mills, Friary Mill, House of Fraser, Yellowbird Media, Vospers, YGS Landscapes, PH Group, Portlebay Popcorn, Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club, Crownhill Methodist Church, Plymouth Argyle, EE, Department of Working Pensions, Plymouth Trophyman, Plymouth University, Brandon’s Tool Hire, Plymouth Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Queen Anne’s Battery, PRS Licensing, OTM Services and FR Systems.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Tour de Moor

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are inviting the toughest of cyclists to master the moors on Sunday 15 October and take on their annual Tour de Moor challenge.

There will be mud, sweat and plenty of gears in action as mountain bike riders take to the moors to embark on a cycle ride like no other. Sponsored by Print Copy Scan, a local supplier of printers and copiers, the ride will encompass challenging off-road moorland trails set amongst the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor.

Riders can choose between the intermediate 23km route or if they’re feeling brave enough, they can tackle the hills up to Princetown on the 52km route, cycling skills will definitely be put to the ultimate test. For a much more gentle route, featuring a mixture of tarmac paths and off-road trails, there is the family friendly 11km ride along Drake’s Trail, suitable for anyone with a bike.

The Tour de Moor challenge departs from and finishes at Harrowbeer Airfield, near Yelverton at 8.30am. The route will go around the beautiful surroundings of Buckland Abbey, providing some tough terrain as bikers navigate their way through the woods and up some challenging hills. Registration is just £20 and includes a t shirt and finisher’s medal.

Not only does the Tour de Moor get the adrenaline pumping, it also makes a real difference to patients of St Luke’s in the last months, weeks and days of life. At home, in hospital or at their specialist unit in Turnchapel, the money raised in sponsorship helps the Plymouth based charity to continue to provide specialist care to patients and give vital support to their families.

Head of fundraising at St Luke’s, Penny Hannah, said “Our Tour de Moor is set to be a fantastic day for all those keen cyclists out there. We are giving our riders the chance to experience the challenging peaks of Dartmoor and the mud, sweat and gears that go with it and with three routes to choose from, there’s no excuse to not get the whole family involved. It will be tough, but the money you raise will help us to provide vital care and support to people and their families across the local area, making every hill worth that extra effort!”

Director of Print Copy Scan, Karl Welburn, said “We are very proud of the work St Luke’s does in the community and are delighted to be sponsoring Tour de Moor for the next three years. St Luke’s is the only palliative care provider in this area and what is most important is that the money raised by Tour de Moor participants through sponsorship, goes directly on patient care.”

Sign up for the Tour de Moor 2017 here or by calling 01752 492626.

15 May 2017

A flash mob of neon dancers took over Drake Circus on Saturday to celebrate the countdown to St Luke’s annual Midnight Walk.

The event was put on by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth in collaboration with Street Factory, a Plymouth based not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

More than 20 dancers, made up of St Luke’s staff and volunteers, staff from Nash & Co Solicitors, alongside professional dancers from Street Factory, brought Drake Circus to life on Saturday lunchtime with a fluorescent flash mob, in preparation for the charity’s annual women’s sponsored walk on Saturday 1 July.

Sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, the city’s favourite ladies’ night out will be starting and finishing at The Piazza, Royal Parade this year and is set to be a colourful night to remember. The theme is neon, so prepare for an array of fluorescent outfits, glow sticks and face paint to guide you through the night.

Bring all the girls and your glow sticks and join the thousands of women that take part each year, whether you are walking in memory of someone, to support St Luke’s or simply to have a fun night out, everyone is welcome.

There is a 3, 6 or 13.1 mile route to choose from, with party tunes and entertainment to kick start your night. Be ready to hit the pavements at 10pm for 13.1 miles, 11pm for six miles and midnight for three miles.

Street Factory will be there on the night to get everyone warmed up and to get the party started.

Toby Gorniak from Street Factory Hip Hop Arts and Culture organisation, said, “We feel privileged to be collaborating with St Luke’s this year. The Neon Midnight Walk is an event which unites our community and makes such a difference. We are  proud to be part of it”.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “Our Midnight Walk is our most popular event of the year. It gives women of all ages and fitness abilities the chance to join together and enjoy a night of socialising and remembering their loved ones. This year we wanted to bring some colour to the streets, so are introducing a neon theme to help illuminate you as you walk into the night. We are looking forward to working with Nash & Co Solicitors and Street Factory and are excited for what the night holds. We are always so grateful to everyone that takes part supporting St Luke’s and we can’t wait to see everyone in their fluorescent gear on the night.”

Registration is just £18 and includes an exclusive neon t-shirt to wear on the night as well as a unique medal and goody bag for all finishers.

Sign up now at www.stlukesmidnightwalk.co.uk. To find out more about the work Street Factory does you can visit their website at www.streetfactorycic.com.