The countdown is on for the Midnight Sleep Walk at the Millennium Stadium – with just seven sleeps remaining before over 1000 women begin their walk in support of Ty Hafan from the home of Welsh sport.

The eight mile walk will start at midnight on Friday 30 April with an inspiring lap of the Millennium Stadium and participants can sign up now at to take part and raise money for the hospice which provides comfort, care and support for life-limited children in Wales.

Thousands of women have pledged their support over the past three years at the event in Cardiff which begins at Wales’ spiritual sporting ground thanks to the popular Millennium Stadium Community Events initiative, which offers the venue free of charge to local charitable and community organisations.

All participants will give up one night’s sleep once to walk for an average time of 3 hours and support parents across Wales who can’t take sleep for granted when looking after life-limited individuals.

Helen Shackell from Bridgend looks after her seven year old son Matthew who has cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease and has been spending time at Ty Hafan since he was four.

"Matthew is a very special, happy and contented child but he does need to be watched at all times," said Helen, who is the main provider of the high level of care that he needs.

"Although he does go off to sleep at night I am aware that he could wake at any time so I suppose I always have half an ear open, listening in case he needs me.

"When he goes to Ty Hafan I get the chance to have a good night’s rest knowing that someone will be sitting with him and making sure he is OK." 

Sign up now to show your support.