Clara Jones with Bruno, Kay Rolfe with Holly and Lin Kent with Lily

A trio of women from Burntwood are getting in plenty of preparation for the St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk – with dogs Bruno, Holly and Lily taking the lead.

Clara Jones, Lin Kent and Kay Rolfe met about seven years ago while out with their pets, and since then have become fellow walkers and firm friends.

And now the three are set to join more than 1,000 other women from across the region on the nine-mile Solstice Walk on the night of June 20.

Clara, who recently became a hospice volunteer, said:

“This will be our first Solstice Walk, and although we won’t be able to take the dogs along on this particular ‘walkies’, we felt taking part would be a lovely way to raise money for St Giles. My husband, Mick, who also enjoyed walking, was the first van driver to collect furniture from local people who wanted to donate larger items to be sold in the St Giles Shops. He threw himself into working for St Giles and made such a success of the service.

“Mick passed away nearly three years ago, but now that I am retired I have begun to volunteer at St Giles Hospice in Whittington, assisting with the provision of a relaxation and exercise course to help patients with their mobility.”

Clara, Lin and Kay, who will be walking under the team name A Bit of Fluff, will be entering into the spirit of the event on the night by wearing fairy wings and carrying wands.

Clara explained:

“It should be a wonderful atmosphere. I know some of the other people who are taking part and so it will be nice to bump into lots of friendly faces along the way.”

A Bit of Fluff will join more than 1,000 women taking part, in what’s set to be the biggest single fundraising event in St Giles Hospice’s 25-year history.

Women wishing to take part in the Solstice Walk 2009, which supports St Giles’ care for local people with cancer and other serious illnesses, should contact the St Giles Hospice Fundraising Office before Friday 5th June on 01543 432538, email , or visit .

Entry is £14 per walker and everyone who signs up will be sent a Solstice Walk sponsorship pack and a map of the nine-mile route around Lichfield .

Last year’s Solstice Walk attracted 1,000 entries and raised more than £100,000. Since the first Solstice Walk took place in 2007, the annual event has raised £150,000 for St Giles, with all proceeds spent on the charity’s caring services.

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