NWES staff turning back the clock for Midnight Walk

Charity / Sat 21st Jun 2014 am30 09:48am

NWES staff will be turning back the clock to the decade when the enterprise agency was founded when they take part in next weekend’s 80s-themed Midnight Walk for St Clare Hospice.

The not-for-profit organisation, which manages the Harlow Enterprise Hub in Edinburgh Way and is sponsoring this year’s Midnight Walk, will be entering a team for next Saturday’s sponsored walk, which starts at the Water Gardens at 9.30pm.

Almost 600 people have registered to complete either a 5km or 10k route, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the Hastingwood-based hospice, which cares for local people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

NWES centre co-ordinator Sheena Freeman said: “NWES was originally set up in 1982 to help combat the effects of large-scale redundancies and from four staff and a shared computer, we now cover four counties with 20-plus offices and have helped over 10,000 new businesses to start up, thrive and survive.

“For the past four years, a team from NWES has undertaken an annual challenge to raise money for charity, and in all our efforts have helped raise more than £7,000 for good causes.

“Over the years, we have built a good relationship with local charities, including St Clare Hospice, holding raffles and bake sales with our tenants here at The Hub, allowing us to donate proceeds towards the Hospice. However, when we learnt that St Clare was re-launching the very popular Midnight Walk with an 80s theme we knew we had to get more involved. As NWES was born in the 80s this seemed an ideal link!”

Registration for the Midnight Walk is still open and cost £15 per person. Online registration closes on Sunday (Jun 22) although walkers will be able to sign up on the night from 7pm. For more information, call the St Clare fundraising team on 01279 773750.

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