HUNDREDS of people are getting ready to take part in the fourth annual St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk.
The moonlit fundraiser will get under way at the stroke of midnight tomorrow and continue into the early hours of Sunday morning.
Participants will make their way round a 6.5 miles circular route from the hospice in Throxenby Lane, taking in the Marine Drive and Foreshore along the way.
Bacon sandwiches, hot drinks and ice cream will be provided by the Harbour Bar at the halfway point.
Organiser Penny Campbell said she was delighted with the number of people taking part.
The hospice fundraiser said: “More than 700 people have signed up, which is fantastic.
“The oldest is 85 and three weeks and the youngest at the moment is four.
“We lots have lots of family groups taking part and teams from businesses, such as Mecca Bingo, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Sainsbury’s and Bluefin insurance.
“Lots of people are doing the walk in memory of someone, which of course makes it very poignant. We’re all thoroughly looking forward to it.”
She also wished to thank the many volunteer “angels” who are helping to marshal the event on the night.
Mrs Campbell said: “We’ve got a lot of people coming to help and we couldn’t do without them.
“They’re out in all weathers for the safety of all the walkers, and we’re delighted with the level of support.
“The Harbour Bar are also fantastic every year and they’re gearing up as we speak.
“It takes a huge amount of preparation to provide food and drink for that amount of people and we’re ever so grateful.”
Mrs Campbell also thanked everyone who had sent in a donation because they weren’t able to take part this year.
A warm-up on the night will be led by Zumba instructor Debs Horsham-Batley and Sam Jewison will give a singing performance.
To find out more call fundraising at the hospice on (01723) 378406.