The Crewe Chronicle writes of this appeal by St. Like's Hospice:
A local hospice could see a massive £130,000 shortfall this year from its flagship fundraising Midnight Walk because so few women have signed up to take part in the Crewe and Nantwich event.
Local women have raised a staggering £2.5m for St Luke's Hospice since the first 13 mile moonlight challenge was launched in 2005.
Each year the ladies taking part raise enough money continually to fund a bed at the Winsford-based hospice, which also caters for people from South Cheshire.
But St Luke's nurses are increasingly worried that not enough money will be raised this year to fund the bed because sign-ups are 'troublingly low'.
At present just over 300 women have signed up for the walk, normally, by now, the figure would be about 800.
So the nurses have issued a desperate plea for local women to sign up with their family and friends, and ensure that the bed is funded for another year.
Hospice nurse Jo Tomlinson said: "I want to appeal to everyone who has been supported by St Luke's over the years and ask that they sign up for the walk.
"Less than 20% of our income comes from the NHS, so events like the Midnight Walk are really important to raise the money we need to care for patients.
"Knowing that one of our beds is normally funded by the walk is a real worry for us all, I really hope that people will read this message and understand that they can do something to help."
Local employer Air Products is committed to supporting the hospice and has agreed to sponsor the Midnight Walk this year.
Tim Hulbert, vice president at Air Products said: "The Midnight Walk has become a well-known annual event in South Cheshire so it's a great opportunity to play an active role in our workforce's community."
This year's event takes place on Saturday July 1.
The walk lights up the streets of Crewe and Nantwich to raise funds for the local charity.
The late-night party atmosphere starts and finishes in the grounds of Reaseheath College, and sees women of all ages walking together for the hospice.
For details on how to take on either the full moon challenge of 13.1 miles, or the half-moon challenge of 6.5miles visit here or call 01606 555688.
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