Charity walk aged 80? I’ll keep on going until age 90, pledges Great Horkesley woman

Maureen Lockhart taking part in the 2015 Midnight Walk event with her daughter Sue Lockhart

Maureen Lockhart taking part in the 2015 Midnight Walk event with her daughter Sue Lockhart - Credit: Archant

An octogenarian is determined to show age is no barrier to fundraising when she takes on the St Helena Hospice Midnight Walk around Colchester next year.

Maureen Lockhart with some of the St Helena Hospice fundraising team. L-R Sarah Phillips, Angie Digg

Maureen Lockhart with some of the St Helena Hospice fundraising team. L-R Sarah Phillips, Angie Diggens, Maureen Lockhart, Fliss Strode. - Credit: Archant

Maureeen Lockhart, from Great Horkesley, took part in the hospice’s very first walk aged 73 and has done every one since.

She will be 80-years-old by the time of the 2016 event on May 28, which she plans to do with her daughter Sue.

Maureen originally pledged to take part every year until she reached the milestone, but has now extended her ambition to her 90th birthday.

A women-only event, the Midnight Walk takes people on a three or 7.5-mile route around the town and is open for anyone aged 11 or over.


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Maureen said: “I think the Midnight Walk just gets better every year, and for me it has become easier because of my daily exercise.

“The atmosphere is just fantastic as soon as you arrive. I look forward to taking part every year – I even did it on my own once.

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“The Midnight Walk has really has changed my life. When I signed up I decided I needed to walk regularly to get fit for it – then I started walking every day.

“My doctor is very impressed. I walk two miles every morning and my neighbours now join me. People wave at us on their way to work.

“I haven’t missed one day, and just can’t miss it. If it rains I have waterproofs.”

The event raises vital funds for St Helena Hospice.

Maureen raises sponsorship every year by putting a little bit of money in a tin every week along with donations from friends, as well as doing fundraising events.

The 2016 walk begins at 10.30pm with the theme of neon glow. The early bird sign-up fee discount closes on February 22.

To find out more and sign up visit www.colchestermidnightwalk.co.uk or call 01206 931 468.

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