The St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice 2012 Midnight Walk, has once again proved to be a resounding success. The half marathon walk through Crewe and Nantwich took place on Saturday 9 June with over 1,000 ladies embarking on the walk to raise much needed funds for the well-respected Cheshire hospice.
The walk which has grown in recognition since its launch in 2005 commenced at midnight and will saw 1,000 ladies take part to raise sponsorship money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Due to its overwhelming popularity this year’s route had been reversed to accommodate registration, parking and facilities for the walkers and the walk commenced at MMU’s Crewe campus. Some ladies, keen to be able to participate took part the Half Moon version of the walk, which totals 6.5 miles.
Jane Thompson, head of event management at St Luke’s Hospice was delighted with the evening. “We had a very difficult 24 hours prior to the walk as the site was completely flooded. We were still discussing with MMU moving into the sport hall as late at Saturday morning. However we had tremendous support from the university, ground staff, volunteers and the Crewe Scout group and with a combination of forking of the ground and tensa taping off areas we were able to go ahead. It was our own ‘little Glastonbury”
The start of the walk was a spectacle to behold, with the enthusiastic participants embarking on the 13 mile stretch in a sea of brightly coloured turquoise t-shirts.
Many of the walkers had a personal connection to the charity, or a friend or family member who has battled with a life threatening illness. Other walkers were quite simply eager to do their bit for an incredibly worthy cause.
Jane commented that this year, more than ever, they had experienced fantastic support from companies and organisations and it would be impossible to mention them all without leaving someone out. “Their support helped us to stem the shortfall we experienced from a drop in walker numbers and we cant thank them enough. If readers were to visit our walk site www.midnightwalk.co.uk they could see all the wonderful people that made the walk possible as each and everyone of them deserve to be recognised”
It is still possible to support the tremendous fundraising efforts of so many by texting LUKE02 £1 to 70070. Your pound could really make a difference to patient care and help St Luke’s juggle the shortfall in income they are experiencing.
If you would like find out more or see some more pictures of the event you can visit the dedicated walk website: www.midnightwalk.co.uk or call 01606 555 688. To find out more about St Luke’s visit: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk or tel. 01606 551246.