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The annual Pilgrims Hospice Pyjama Walk will kick off this Saturday at the Ashford Designer Outlet, in Kimberley Way

By Samantha Williams

The countdown is under way for the Pilgrims Hospices' annual Pyjama Walk.

With only four sleeps to go before the big event, walkers from Ashford are busy washing their favourite pyjamas and onesies in preparation for the 10k trek.

The hospice is expecting more than 1,000 people of all ages to participate in the walk this Saturday night.

More than 1,000 walkers are expected to take part

The fun will kick off at 8.30pm at the Ashford Designer Outlet, in Kimberley Way, with music from Pelo Mar, Whitstable’s Community Samba Band, and Ashford Sings!

The walk will then start at 10pm with the route passing Victoria Park, the town centre, Lidl, Drover’s roundabout, Waitrose, Matalan, before heading back to the Outlet via Brookfield Road and Beaver Lane.

Nigel Donkin, regional fundraising manager: “The walk always creates a wonderful carnival atmosphere.

A banana (in pyjamas) signing up for last year's event

"With the fabulous sounds of Ashford Sings! to entertain us and the rhythms of the Pelo Mar, Whitstable’s Community Samba Band to get us in the mood, there will be a real party atmosphere.

“The new route takes in a long residential road and we hope to see a whole crowd of residents cheering the walkers along.

"If you find yourself at a loose end on Saturday night, with no football to watch on the television, why not come and join in the fun whilst at the same time helping to raise much needed funds for Pilgrims.

"The walk always creates a wonderful carnival atmosphere." - Nigel Donkin

“You will even have the chance to get a famous foot massages at the end to complete your evening, as well as receiving one our unique Pyjama walk Medals as a wonderful memory of the event.

“So whether you want to walk in memory of someone, want to listen to a great concert or just come and have a smile at all the amazing onesies on display, the Ashford Designer Outlet on Saturday night is the place to be."

Online registration for the walk closes at midnight on Thursday, with entry costing £10 for adults and £5 for children under 10.

Entry on the night costs £15 and £10 respectively.

For more information visit www.pilgrimshospices.org.

Team and family entries can call the Pilgrims hotline on 01233 504111.

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