On Saturday 2nd July, 1100 women took part in St Luke’s Hospice’s twelfth Midnight Walk, completing either 13.1 mile or 6.5 mile routes. Over 200 amazing volunteers helped to ensure that the event ran smoothly for the inspirational ladies, who were dressed head to toe in neon for the first time!
The route took the bright bunch through the streets of Nantwich and Crewe, commencing at Reaseheath College at midnight and with a halfway point at MMU Campus. Scouts of all ages from Wilson House Scouts worked 24 hours setting up the venue, organising car parking and stewarding the route.
The girls set off at midnight after entertainment, a ‘clubbercise’ warm up at Reaseheath, and a walk through the first black light UV tunnel in the country, ensuring that all were shining bright and in a party mood! For the first time, thanks to Willis Brothers of Sandbach, the event also had a road closure for most of the route.
With no actual rain during the walk, the ladies returned to Reaseheath to a breakfast bag and lovely sunrise. The feel-good factor was magnified by the fundraising total of a phenomenal £150k (and rising as many walkers continue to raise sponsorship after the event!) Over the 12 Midnight Walks held by St Luke’s, in excess of £2.5million has been raised for the Hospice, inspiring similar events across the UK.
Jane Thompson, Head of Events at St Luke’s said, “A huge well done to all of the amazing ladies who took part, they truly did themselves and St Luke’s proud! Thank you as well to all of the volunteers, the event could not have happened without them. This was a truly fantastic event and has raised so much money for our Hospice.”
The Midnight Walk will be back next year; keep an eye on upcoming St Luke’s events at www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/event.