On Saturday night, 960 women took part in St Luke’s Hospice’s 13th Midnight Walk, completing either 13.1 mile or 6.5 mile routes. Dressed in neon (think tutus, face paint, leg warmers, headbands…) the Walk led the ladies through the streets of Nantwich and Crewe, commencing at Reaseheath College at midnight and with a halfway point at MMU Campus.

We were thrilled that Air Products sponsored our Midnight Walk this year and brought added colour and excitement with their illuminating helium balloons, a wonderful addition which looked stunning against the midnight sky.

Tim Hulbert, Vice President for UK and Ireland at Air Products, attended the Walk and met many of the women who took part. He said, “On behalf of the Air Products team I’d like to say a huge “well done” to everyone who took part in The Midnight Walk 2017. As always, it inspires many great stories, personal achievements and fund raising efforts so it’s been an honour for us to be part of making it happen.”

Tim continued, “At Air Products we are committed to actively supporting our local community where so many of our team members live as well as work.  Our long standing association with St Luke’s Hospice is an important part of that, so thanks again to everyone who walked, stewarded or contributed in some way over the weekend. What you’ve accomplished will help St Luke’s continue to make a real difference.”

Warm-up entertainment came from of Emma Wilkinson with her famous ‘Clubbercise’ – a perfect match for our glowing neon theme! And The Make Up Project were on hand with glitter face paints ensuring everyone sparkled!

The weather was a little drizzly to begin with and then really cooled off in the early hours, so as the Walkers were welcomed back to Reaseheath as the sun was coming up, they headed straight to the canteen for a brew and a bacon buttie!

The mammoth event was supported by over 150 volunteers helping to ensure that the event ran smoothly for the inspirational ladies. Scouts of all ages from Wilson House Scouts worked for over 24 hours setting up the venue, organising car parking and stewarding the route; Willis Bros Contractors took responsibility for closing the roads on the route; Nantwich Police were on hand to keep the ladies safe throughout the night; Crewe FC added a touch of excitement at their marshal point with some toasted marshmallows; plus Middlewich Round Table and many others gave their time so generously.

Once again the famous Jaffa Cake Family were sat at the end of their drive waiting for the Walkers to pass. Each year the family buy hundreds of Jaffa Cakes to hand out to the ladies as they head into Nantwich for the final stretch of the Walk, and their tradition is legendary with regular walkers!

The feel-good factor was magnified by the fundraising total of an incredible £175,000 which is likely to rise as many walkers continue to raise sponsorship after the event! This is a huge amount of money for St Luke’s and will be used to provide end of life care to local people who come to the Hospice.

Jane Thompson, Head of Events Management 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 Air Products who were our wonderful sponsors this year, to other local businesses who supported us, and to all the volunteers who gave up their time to, the event simply could not have happened without them. This was a truly fantastic evening and has raised so much money for our Hospice.”

Over the 13 Midnight Walks held by St Luke’s, in excess of £2.5million has been raised for the Hospice, and its success has inspired similar events across the UK.

The Midnight Walk will be back next year; keep an eye for early bird offers.