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Everything you need to know about this year's Midnight Walk

Midnight Walk 2020 – FAQs for Registration

Can we register a team?

You can walk as a team, but you will need to sign up individually, so we have everyone’s details. This is so we can send information about the walk via email, and for safety reasons. You can, however, add your team name when you register online.

Please note, if you are walking with others from another household, you must abide by government social distancing guidelines at all times. Stay up to date with your current restrictions by checking out the government guidelines.

How much does it cost?

£8 for adults, £5 for under 18s and £20 for families (2 adults & 2 children/1 adult & up to 3 children).

What’s included in the registration fee?

  • Event welcome pack
  • Exclusive Midnight Walk medal
  • St Catherine’s shoelaces
  • A delicious hot chocolate for your return home
  • Children’s activity sheet
  • Dedication in memory t-shirt sticker
  • Covid-secure fundraising advice and support from St Catherine’s Hospice Events Team
  • Access to a special Facebook Live pre-walk celebration

*Please note that this year we aren’t including t-shirts as part of your registration fee.

I can’t get past the JustGiving question on the sign-up form as I already have a JustGiving page?

If you already have JustGiving you just need to select “I would like to fundraise offline/ I already have a JG Page”.

Can I sign up over the phone?

Of course, please call our fundraising team on 01293 447355

When does registration close? Registration closes at 5pm on 11 December. You cannot register on the day, unfortunately. If you’d like to receive your welcome pack in the post, please register by 5pm on 9 December. If you register after this date, you will only receive your welcome pack via email.

What if I can no longer take part in the Midnight Walk 2020? We understand that circumstances can change, unfortunately we cannot offer a registration fee refund.


Midnight Walk 2020 – General FAQs

Date: Saturday 12 December 2020

What time does the event start? The live Facebook event will start at 4pm. Go to our main Facebook page on the day to view.

What happens if I don’t have Facebook? You can watch the Midnight Walk 2020 on our Youtube channel.

How do I log on to the Facebook live event? Join us on the main St Catherine’s hospice Facebook page at 4pm on Saturday 12th December.   If you can’t see the video pop up, go to our video section to view.

How old do I have to be to take part? Walkers of all ages are welcome to take part. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

How long is the route? You choose your own route. We recommend sticking to one of our Midnight Walk distances of 20, 13, 7 or 2 miles.

Can I walk in memory of my loved one? Absolutely, it’s a lovely way to remember a loved one, especially at Christmas. Once you sign up we’ll send you a welcome pack in the post which includes a dedication in memory t-shirt sticker and we’d encourage you to add photos and decorate this in time for your walk. You can also share a story, picture or thought on our virtual Memory Wall  to honour their memory.

How do I choose my route? We recommend you choose a route and neighbourhood you know. But if not, plan your route out using physical maps, Google maps or another route planning app, familiarise yourself with your route in advance and check for the following:

  • Is the route well lit?
  • Is there an appropriate pavement? (please avoid walking in the road or on cycle paths)
  • Is the route accessible at all times? – we suggest checking for road works or road closures the week of the walk
  • Are there areas of low hanging branches that may be difficult to see in the dark?

What do I need to take with me?  To make sure you are safe we recommend you carry the following items:

  • A fully charged mobile phone
  • Plenty of water
  • Plenty of energy boosting snacks
  • Torch
  • A face covering to use if you need to access a public area or shop
  • Hand sanitiser to use after coming in to contact with public gates or handrails
  • Method of payment if you need more water or snacks or a taxi home
  • Water-proof coat or jacket

Do I need special footwear or clothing? We recommend that you wear:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Layers to add and remove as your temperature changes
  • Reflective items so you can be seen in the dark
  • Well-fitting (previously worn) footwear such as trainers or walking boots
  • Gloves

Will it be safe? Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. To keep yourself safe we recommend the following:

  • Go at your own pace, it isn’t a race
  • Please ensure your phone is fully charged on the night
  • Walk with someone
  • Let a family member or friend know your route
  • Plan your route – check for changes or road works the week before
  • Familiarise yourself with your planned route
  • Stick to the pavement
  • Avoid walking on the road or cycle paths
  • Stay vigilant – look out for dips in the pavement, high curbs or low hanging branches
  • Wear reflective clothing to be seen in the dark
  • Do not walk if you show any signs of Covid-19
  • Do not walk if you have come in to contact with anyone with symptoms of Covid-19

Do I need to worry about Covid-19? We ask all our walkers to be considerate of their and others wellbeing and would recommend the following:

  • Always stick to the 2m rule – stay at 2m distance from members of the public (as per the government guidelines)
  • Hand sanitise at multiple points – you will come into contact with gates, fences and handrails, please sanitise your hands to protect both others and yourself
  • Do not walk if you show any symptoms of Covid-19
  • Do not walk if you have come in to contact with anyone with symptoms of Covid-19
  • Carry a face covering to use if entering public spaces or shops
  • Stay up to date with, and adhere to, the current government guidelines.

How long will it take? People of all fitness levels take part in this event. For those opting for the two-mile walk, walkers can expect to finish in 45 minutes. For those taking on a seven-mile route, fit, fast walkers can expect to finish in one and a half hours. For those taking on 13 miles, it will take approximately three and a half hours for a fit, fast walker. If you decide to take on a 20-mile route, a fit fast walker will complete it in around five hours. There is no rush and we encourage walkers to go at their own pace.

Do I need to be fit? You can walk at your own pace, whatever your fitness level, but we do recommend that you should train before taking part in the walk, especially if you’re taking on the longer routes.

Will it go ahead if it’s raining? Yes! As the British weather is notoriously unpredictable please do keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you’re dressed in suitable clothing for the walk. The walk will only be cancelled if we think it will be too dangerous for you to take part. In the rare occurrence that this is the case we will contact you by phone and email as soon as we know the event is cancelled.

Can I drop out? Of course, if you become injured or the weather becomes too bad, we recommend you find an appropriate and safe location to stop and call for help.

Can I bring my pet? Yes, as you’ll be walking your own route, you’re able to bring your pet with you if you wish. Please check to ensure that the route is pet friendly and make sure you bring additional provisions for them!

Can I walk in fancy dress? Absolutely, the more creative, the better! As with our regular Midnight Walk event, we encourage everyone to dress up for the occasion, and there will be prizes for the best outfit!

Will there be toilet stops open on the night? We suggest that when you plan your route, you include at least one public toilet stop on your route. As everyone will be completing their own route, we’re unable to provide toilets on the night.

Will there be refreshment stops on the night? As mentioned above, as everyone will be completing their own route, we’re unable to provide refreshment stops on your route. Make sure you pack plenty of yummy snacks and plenty of water to help you on your way.

When will I get my medal? Your medal will be sent to you in the post in the week following the event.

Do I have to raise sponsorship money? Although there is no minimum sponsorship, we do encourage you to raise as much as you can, as the registration fee only covers the cost of putting the event on.

All walkers who raise £300 or more by 4 January 2021 will receive an exclusive Midnight Walk hoody.

The walk relies on your sponsorship to be successful. Each entrant is asked to raise sponsorship for St Catherine’s Hospice, in addition to their entry fee.

How do I send my money in?

Setting up a page on Just Giving is an easy way to raise sponsorship! An online page allows your family and friends to sponsor you, wherever they live, and saves you having to collect money. You can also post the link on your social media, keep all your supporters updated with your training, and add pictures too.

To set up your Just Giving page, visit https://www.justgiving.com/stcatherines and join the Midnight Walk 2020 event. If you need any help setting up your page, please call us on 01293 447355.

You can also send a cheque directly to: Midnight Walk, St Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, Crawley,

West Sussex, RH10 6BH. Please make cheques payable to St Catherine’s Hospice.

Can I Gift Aid my donation? You can ask each person that sponsors you to Gift Aid their donation by ticking the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form, if they are a UK taxpayer or pay Capital Gains Tax.  For every £1 they donate, we receive an extra 25p.

I normally volunteer at the Midnight Walk; how can I get involved in this year’s event? Maybe this is the year for you to walk! If not, we’d still love to hear from you as we have a few ideas as to how you could get involved. Please either email us at events@stch.org.uk or call on 01293 447355.

I can’t find the answer to my question? If your question has not been answered, you can email us at events@stch.org.uk or call on 01293 447355.

We look forward to seeing you at Midnight Walk 2020!











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