With 1,200 registered walkers and 200 amazing and hard working volunteers, St Luke’s Hospice 10th Midnight Walk hit Crewe and Nantwich last Saturday night.
Sent off after a two hour stage show from Redshift Radio the ladies left Reaseheath College passing the beautiful ladders of memory candles. The reflective and moving moment was a very special tribute for ladies who were walking in memory of loved ones.
Laughter (and a bit of singing along with some banter with the stewards and the police on duty) helped the walkers on their long walk. Participants chose between a testing 6.5 miles or a gruelling 13.1 miles. They were rewarded with refreshments at MMU before being turned around to do it all again on their return to Reaseheath.
Hundreds of residents, many in their night clothes came out of their homes to encourage the walkers along and a number of shops and businesses opened to offer extra toilet breaks and bonus refreshments.
The walkers crossed the finishing line to a well-deserved medal, a cooked breakfast and the knowledge that between them they had pledged over £145,000 to the hospice.
Jane Thompson, Head of Event Management said
“Thank you to everyone involved our 10th Midnight Walk. With monies already raised and the addition of gift aid, local hospice care should benefit by over £175,000. This fantastic sum of money will provide 23 full days of hospice care for our community.”
Walkers and volunteers came from every town – Northwich, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach, Alsager, Audlem and even Llandudo!
Those inspired by the success of the walk who would like to support St Luke’s are invited to join in with the Cholmondeley Castle Run or Dye 5k event on 2 August where St Luke’s are the chosen charity partner. To learn more visit www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/colour