MISS Weymouth is urging ladies to lace up their walking shoes for Weldmar.

Emma Whitbread, who is representing the town as Miss Weymouth 2014, will be taking part in the charity’s Midnight Walk for the first time this year.

The event on Saturday, July 19 will feature a whole evening of entertainment and walkers can choose from three different route options – five miles, 6.5 miles or a more challenging 10-mile route.

All will start from Weymouth College, where a party atmosphere will get walkers in the mood. All participants will be given flashing headgear to light up the night.

Last year’s Midnight Walk saw more than 900 women and girls taking part and helping to raise more than £100,000.

Weldmar is commemorating three decades of care throughout 2014 and it is hoped this year’s event will be equally well supported.

There are only 300 places left at this year’s event and Emma is encouraging everyone to get involved.

Emma works in Sainsbury’s doing the PR for the Weymouth branch and is also part of the Army Reserve with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry based in Bovington. She passed her basic training at the end of May and is hoping to train up to be a medic. She said: “When I do things for charity I want to do something a bit different. The Midnight Walk is something I have never done before.”

Emma will be taking on the 10-mile route. She said: “It will be a fun night.”

She signed up to do the 10-mile route as she has already done a lot of training with the Army Reserve, but said there were lots of other options to get involved if people didn’t want to do the longer route.

She said: “You can go for less than 10 miles, I don’t think people should be put off. It’s not just 10 miles.”

People can register as an individual or as a team and Weldmar are also looking for volunteers to help them marshal the route. To sign up visit weld-hospice.org.uk or call 01305 261800.