Midnight steps for annual hospice walk

St Catherines Hospice Midnight Walk.Ready at the start.Picture Richard Ponter 123653h
St Catherines Hospice Midnight Walk.Ready at the start.Picture Richard Ponter 123653h

Fundraisers will donate more than £30,000 to St Catherine’s Hospice following last night’s Midnight Walk.

Penny Campbell, a hospice fundraiser, said that a total of 525 people took part in the annual event and a total of £30,288.71 had already been pledged – with even more likely to roll in from Gift Aid and Just Giving promises.

St Catherines Hospice Midnight Walk.Enjoying the nightwalk.Picture Richard Ponter 123653j

St Catherines Hospice Midnight Walk.Enjoying the nightwalk.Picture Richard Ponter 123653j

She added: “It’s fantastic. It’s slightly down on last year but we had a lot more walkers last year.

“We are all really delighted and we are getting to know them so well now. It’s becoming like a family party.”

She said that it was the 5th year the event had taken place and a lot of people had taken part in every one with a lot of them taking part in fancy dress.

Velma Mawman, from the Old Town, was part of a group which this year were dressed in Greek costume and officially started the event.

She said they wanted to carry on the Olympic spirit and added that she had lost her father to cancer. “The family were so grateful to the hospice,” she said.

Kelly Newton, of Livingstone Road, said they were doing the walk for her grandma Jean and had chosen Where’s Wally as their theme by all wearing eye catching striped outfits. “We are Jean’s Wallys,” she said. “We do voluntary work at St Catherine’s and it’s a really good cause.”

Her mother, Carolyn from Cayton, said they raised more than £300 last year – and had probably raised about £900 in total over the years.

Pat Hunter, from Weaponness, said some of her relatives had been cared for at the hospice. She added: “They provide fantastic, excellent care. My mum died years ago to cancer but there weren’t hospices around then.”

Tracy Grey, from Roscoe Street, was part of a group dressed as movie characters and she arrived as Cleopatra. She said: “We’ve had relatives that they have helped. It is a good atmosphere on the night.”

She added that this was the third year they had taken part and they were hoping to raise more than £600. “We got £100 last year between us.”