Get ready to walk in the midnight hour!

Sainsburys staff step out with Penny Campbell, centre, St Catherines Hospice fundraiser, to launch the hospice's popular Midnight Walk event, which is supported by the store. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122518a 19/06/12
Sainsburys staff step out with Penny Campbell, centre, St Catherines Hospice fundraiser, to launch the hospice's popular Midnight Walk event, which is supported by the store. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122518a 19/06/12
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Hundreds of people are set to light up the town’s streets and raise much-needed cash during the annual St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk.

The popular event is now in its fifth year and will take place on Saturday September 8 - setting off as the clock strikes twelve.

The moonlit walk is one of the biggest events in the hospice’s fundraising calendar, with 704 people taking part last year and more than £48,000 pledged on the night.

The 2012 event has now been officially launched and participants - old and new - are invited to sign up and join the fun.

Hospice fundraiser Penny Campbell, who has organised the Midnight Walk since it began, said: “This event has been a very successful fundraiser for Saint Catherine’s and individuals, families and work colleagues from the hospice territory of 1,600 square miles have all entered with the fabulous result of providing much needed money for the continued care and support of the Saint Catherine’s Hospice patients and their families.”

She added that in past years the event had even attracted support from as far afield as Australia, with fomer Norton resident Mandy Parfitt raising cash down under to add to the grand total.

Mandy, like many supporters of the event, has the cause close to her heart as her dad Tommy was cared for and passed away at the hospice.

The event attracts many participants, of all ages, who want to say thank you and give something back to the hospice after receiving support and care for a family member, friend or loved one.

The walk is sponsored by Sainsbury’s, who are generously providing the orange T-shirts which will be the walkers’ “uniform”.

The walker numbers are being provided by local firm Galea Sunblinds and for the fifth year, the Harbour Bar in Sandside will be providing refreshments at the halfway point.

This has become a highlight of the walk, as participants are treated to a hot drink, bacon butty and ice cream - all free of change.

Mrs Campbell thanked all the sponsors for their fantastic support, which goes a long way to making the walk a big success.

The 6.5-mile walk starts at the hospice in Throxenby Lane. The route the continues along Green Lane and Burniston Road, past the Sands complex, along Marine Drive and the seafront, up Valley Road, Seamer Road, Scalby Road and back to the hospice.

The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for 12s and under. Walkers will receive a T-shirt, bottle of water and hot refreshments at the halfway point.

The walk is suitable for all ages and abilities and some of the walkers select to come in fancy dress of their choice.

Walkers can sign up individually or as a groups of friends, colleagues or family.

The walk will take place come rain or shine and people are advised to dress for the weather conditions. Some walkers like to bring a lightweight torch for extra visibility.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who has also registered for the event. No dogs may be brought on the walk and alcohol is not permitted.

The route is fully marshalled and St John Ambulance first aiders will be present. If you would like to take part, either as a walker or marshall, please call Penny on (01723) 378406 or email penny.campbell@st-catherineshospice.org.uk