More than a thousand women will take to the Tarka Trail on Saturday night (May 18), for a moonlit sponsored walk in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Nightwalk has become the single biggest charity event in the area and this week the number of participants broke the 1,000 mark as online registrations closed, but organisers say there is still a chance to get involved and sign up on the night.

The event this year, with Slee Blackwell as headline sponsor, will celebrate the year 1984, when North Devon Hospice began providing care to local people across the area.

Today, 35 years later, the charity supports more than 2,000 people every year who are affected by a life-limiting illness.

It is hoped that over £100,000 could be raised to help provide this vital care, but this will only be possible with the support of local ladies who sign up.

Organiser Ali Hunt said: "We are delighted that more than 1,000 women have signed up to Nightwalk because that will create the most fantastic atmosphere.

"We know that they've been raising funds and getting sponsored for their efforts, so we would love to raise over £100,000 at this year's Nightwalk, because that would allow us to provide a huge amount of care to patients and families who need us.

"However, to make that possible, we need even more local ladies to get involved, so we are pleased to give everyone the option of signing up on the night."

There are routes of three, seven or 11 miles along the Tarka Trail, with start points at Barnstaple, Bideford, Instow and Torrington.

To register on the night, visit www.nightwalk.co.uk and simply choose your preferred route.