Registration is now open for ladies to participate in the 2012 Midnight Walk, to raise money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice, which will take place on Saturday 9 June, through Crewe and Nantwich.
For the eighth consecutive year, fundraisers at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice are busy organising their phenomenally successful annual Midnight Walk.
The walk which has grown in recognition since its launch in 2005 commences at midnight and will see 1,700 ladies cover 13.1 miles to raise sponsorship money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Due to its overwhelming popularity this year’s route has been reversed to accommodate registration, parking and facilities for the walkers. The walk will now commence at MMU’s Crewe campus.
Jane Thompson, a head of event management for over ten years explained how the walk came about: “St Luke’s was inspired to launch the ladies only Midnight Walk by a former patient of the hospice, who was suffering with breast cancer. It’s definitely a challenge, as 13.1 miles is a long way; but it’s a lot of fun and a different experience for everybody.”
The wide array of ladies, who have been inspired to join in with the Midnight Walk, has surprised even the organisers. The youngest walker was just seven years of age and the oldest walker to date was 84, with one walker coming all the way from Germany to participate!
If 13.1 miles sounds a bit too far, there is an option to participate in the Half Moon version of the walk, which totals 6.5 miles.
The start of the race is a spectacle to behold, with the enthusiastic participants embarking on the 13 mile stretch in a sea of brightly coloured t-shirts. Many of the walkers have a personal connection to the charity, or have a friend or family member who has battled with a life threatening illness. Other walkers are eager to do their bit for an incredibly worthy cause.
St Luke’s is hopeful of raising in excess of £250,000 from the 2012 Midnight Walk, which will go to directly supporting the running of the hospice; which costs in the region of £6,200 per day run.
If you would like to sign up to participate in this year’s Midnight Walk, you can register on the website: www.midnightwalk.co.uk or call 01606 555 688.