The winning costume will have to be pretty special though, as entrants will be scrutinised and judged by the keen eye of Bestival’s creative director, Josie da Bank, who has kindly donated the tickets for this year’s celebration walk.
Katie Radburn, corporate and major donor fundraiser at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said the team at EMH wants as many people as possible to get dressed up this year for the 25th anniversary celebrations.
“We have seen some fantastic costumes over the years, but as this year is a special celebration for Walk the Wight, we want to see some real show stoppers! Hopefully with such a great prize on offer Josie will be spoilt for choice when it’s time to judge”.
And if anyone is in need of inspiration, look no further than two of Walk the Wight’s most flamboyant participants who are once again set to turn heads and raise funds at this year’s event. Ryde friends Pauline Peach and Roberta Hendy, whose award-winning fancy dress costumes never fail to amaze and amuse fellow walkers, have promised their creation this year will be their best ever. The friends will also be joined by relatives who will travel all the way from Switzerland in order to take part in this year’s walk.
Pauline, whose previous fancy dress creations include giant spiders, bumble bees and last year’s sunflower costumes which won the ladies the best fancy dress prize at the annual Walk the Wight Awards last year, said:
“It has been a very difficult few months for both myself and Roberta but we are determined to take part in Walk the Wight and do so in our best ever costumes.
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“I’m not saying what this year’s costume is – you will just have to wait. All I will say is that it will be very much in keeping with the silver theme of the day and very spectacular.”
Roberta and Pauline will be joined by Roberta’s brother in law Eric Peach and his wife Erika who now live in Switzerland, Ryde friends Caroline Rose and Clara Prior and two more friends who are travelling down from Luton especially to take part in Walk the Wight.
Avid supporters of the Hospice, Pauline and Roberta commented they have both lost loved ones who received such fantastic care from the Hospice.
“We are really glad to raise funds for them to carry on their work.”