Walkers all set to shine at this year’s hospice Midnight Walk

It’s time to sign up for Scarborough’s annual moonlight fundraising extravaganza - the St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk.

The event is now in its sixth year and has raised an amazing £265,000 for St Catherine’s since it began.

Sainsburys gets ready with Hospice representative Penny Campbell for the midnight walk.Picture Richard Ponter 132323

Sainsburys gets ready with Hospice representative Penny Campbell for the midnight walk.Picture Richard Ponter 132323

The walk, which covers a 6.5-mile route around both bays in Scarborough, will take place on September 14 and is the biggest event in the hospice’s fundraising calendar.

Organiser Penny Campbell said: “It’s a wonderful event, which has helped provide a huge amount of patient care over the past five years.

“It brings the community together and we’re really grateful for people supporting us in any way they can.”

This year the walk has a circus theme, with people being encouraged to wear fancy dress - but Penny added that you can come dressed as whatever you fancy.

All walkers will be provided with a bright orange Midnight Walk T-shirt sponsored by Sainsbury’s. The store is supporting the event for the fourth year in a row.

Fiona Daplyn, community and public relations co-ordinator at Sainsbury’s, said: “It’s a real family occasion and it’s great fun.

“Lots of people walk together as a group and you meet plenty of other people along the way.

“It’s very heartfelt, especially when you see people with messages on their shirts about loved ones.”

The walk is open to anyone of any age. People can walk as an individual, as a family or as a team of friends or colleagues.

Walkers set off from the hospice at the stroke of midnight and make their way down Throxenby Lane, Green Lane, towards the Sands, round Marine Drive, along the seafront, up Valley Road and back to the hospice.

A halfway stop-off is held at the Harbour Bar, who provide a hot drink, bacon sandwich and ice cream for every walker free of charge.

Entry fees, to cover the cost of putting on the event, are £10 per adult and £5 per child if you register before June 30.

From July 1, registration will be £12.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.

If you cannot do the walk, but would like to get involved on the night, you can sign up to be a “Midnight Angel” and help with marshalling the event, either along the route or at the start and finish line.

Penny said: “Everyone is really looking forward to it. We’ve got a team who are dressing as clowns signed up already! It’s a really special night - when else can you have an ice cream at the seafront at 1am?”

To sign up, call Penny on (01723) 378406 or email penny.campbell@st-catherineshospice.org.uk Find out more at www.stcatherineshospice-nyorks.org