Thrive team steps out for late night charity walk

A team of colleagues from Hertfordshire-based housing association Thrive Homes stepped out into the night to raise £1,100 for a local hospice.

The seven-strong group completed the nine-mile Ladies in the Night Walk last Friday (12th June) in aid of the Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood.

Over 1,100 people took to the streets of Northwood for the annual event, which is expected to raise a total of £100,000 for the charity this year.

The intrepid Thrive team set off at 10pm from Mount Vernon Hospital and completed the longer route – nine miles, rather than the alternative five-and-a-half miles – in just under three-and-a-half hours.

The group included Personal Assistant Julia Alderman, Financial Inclusion Officer Brij Kohli, Customer Services Advisors Vikki Newman and Tracey Sheehan, Receptionist/Administrator Maxine Sheehan, Home Ownership Officer Nicky Robinson and HR Coordinator Dorota Sypniewska.

Julia said: “Thrive recently gave the hospice £500 raised by our ‘Dress Down Fridays’, so we thought it would be great to support such a worthy cause again.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere on the walk and a real sense of camaraderie. Everyone was cheering and drivers beeped their car horns as they went by.

“About three-quarters of the way round we were flagging a bit but, as we came past the hospice shop in Northwood, one of the volunteers sat outside said ‘Thank you so much for walking for us’ – it made me feel quite emotional and helped me keep going.

“The last one-and-a-half miles were the hardest but we all egged each other on – and it was a wonderful feeling to see the entrance to the hospital at the end.”

“Our feet were throbbing the next day but it was a great experience and we may join the walk again next year. The hospice does such a good job and many of the people taking part were walking on behalf of a relative who had been helped there. It was a privilege to play our part in it,” she added.