Can you glow for it on midnight walk? Michelle needs your help!

Michelle Pett, of Hemel Hempstead, is doing 40 things for charity ahead of her 40th birthday
Michelle Pett, of Hemel Hempstead, is doing 40 things for charity ahead of her 40th birthday

A bubbly mother-of-three is hunting for 39 willing walkers to join her in a charity’s midnight walk so she can cross it off her birthday bucket list.

Michelle Pett, 39, set herself the challenge of doing 40 things she’s always wanted to do ahead of her landmark birthday on July 1, including the Hospice of St Francis’ Midnight Glow Walk.

A few of my friends have said they’ll join me but as I love meeting new people, I thought it would make the walk more special and a right giggle to walk with a massive crowd!

Michelle Pett, charity fundraiser

Ms Pett, who lives in Gadebridge, Hemel Hempstead: “What better way to celebrate turning 40 than to cross off 40 things I’ve always wanted to do, like raise money for my local hospice.

“A few of my friends have said they’ll join me but as I love meeting new people, I thought it would make the walk more special and a right giggle to walk with a massive crowd!

“My daughter Ellie is helping me out by making luminous neon loom bands which we’re going to give to all those who pledge to join ‘Michelle’s 40 for 40’.”

Ms Pett says she wants to ‘give something back’ after the ‘wonderful’ Northchurch-based hospice cared for her friend and neighbour.

More than 800 walkers are expected at this year’s walk on Saturday, June 27, which follows either a new five or 10 mile route around the streets of Hemel Hempstead taking in Nash Mills, Chaulden, the Old Town and Apsley.

Ms Pett has already ticked off some of her list, such as eating an oyster, climbing Ashridge Monument, watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and building flat pack furniture.

She said: “But I have many others to do including giving blood, pulling a pint in 40 Hemel pubs and taking a selfie with Ant and Dec!”

As well as the Midnight Walk, Ms Pett is also doing four other hospice events: the Mud Pack Challenge in October, the annual Santa Dash and a skydive, which will be a huge accomplishment as she confesses that she is terrified of heights.

She said: “I’m also planning to volunteer for the charity. In total, I’m determined to raise at least £1,000 but am hoping if lots of local people join me on the Midnight Walk, we can smash that target.”

Michelle, who is also grandmother to three, is now recruiting people to walk in her team ‘Michelle’s 40 for 40’ {via her Facebook page here.}

Alternatively, people can register directly at www.stfrancis.org.uk/midnightwalk with the same team name.

Registration costs just £20 which includes a free Glow For It T-shirt.

Walkers are asked to raise what they can to support the hospice’s work.