MORE than 500 people have signed-up for the 12th annual Bath Moonlight Walk on Saturday and this week is the last call for tickets.

The Eighties-themed 8km Walk is a major fundraiser for local hospice, Dorothy House and takes in the main sights of the city starting at 10pm from the SouthGate Shopping Centre in Bath.

One of the 500 taking part is Mel Nicholas, from Bradford on Avon, who said: “Eleven of us are taking part in the Walk on Saturday to raise money for Dorothy House in memory of our special friend, Lucinda Mawer.

“Lucinda had a rare form of cancer and was given such amazing care at the hospice before she died we wanted to give something back.

“We are looking forward to dressing up in Eighties gear, supporting a great cause and meeting other like-minded folk on the Walk. Come along and join in the fun.”

Last year’s Bath Moonlight Walk raised £60,000 in funds towards vital patient care and this year the charity hopes to match this sum as, for every £1 received from the NHS, they have to raise a further £4 to maintain their services.

Emily Knight, Events Fundraiser, Dorothy House Hospice Care, said: “The Bath Moonlight Walk always has a special atmosphere and this year it is open to ladies and gents for the first time.

“We hope that ladies will bring along their husbands, Dads, brothers and friends to raise even more funds for Dorothy House. Don’t forget to sign up and dig out your best 1980s outfit for the walk.”

This year’s event begins with a ‘Pre-Party’ from 8pm that includes fabulous music, stalls and a raffle competition to win a Mulberry handbag worth over £750.

Eighties merchandise available includes neon Xylobands, glow sticks, flashing head gear, tutus, sweatbands and colourful Hawaiian leis.

The entry fee for the Walk is £25. As this fee only covers event costs adult entrants are invited to either pledge some sponsorship or make a personal donation.

A suggested pledge or donation of £40 will fund one hour of patient care in the Inpatient Unit at Dorothy House in Winsley.

Tickets are available online at this week until Friday morning or on Saturday from 8pm at the help desk in the Dorothy House marquee at the SouthGate Centre.