Two hundred and fifty people strode out on the annual St Richard’s Hospice Midnight Walk – with men joining the fun for the first time.
The Ladies Midnight Walk and men’s fancy dress drag walk set off at midnight on five or ten mile routes around Worcester. (on Saturday, 7th July.)
St Richard’s Hospice Senior Fundraiser Alison Parkes said, “The rain held off and we had a great night. There were some fabulous outfits among the ladies and the men – it was hard to tell who were the best dressed! We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and we hope to have raised in excess of £10,000 in sponsorship from the event.”
The walkers warmed up before they set off with expert help from fitness instructor Sue Thomas of Start2exercise . Volunteers acted as marshals along the route and walkers feasted on an early breakfast at the Countryside Centre when they had finished. The last walkers crossed the finishing line at 4.40am.
Dee Minor, who took part in The Tibberton Fossils team from the village primary school, near Droitwich said, “Our team thoroughly enjoyed the Midnight Walk and the bacon sandwiches were even better than we remembered. Thank you to all who helped to make it sure a fun event. Let’s hope you raise loads of money.”
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,300 patients and family members in Worcestershire.
Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 16-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.
In the In-patient Unit specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if they so choose, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is grateful for all donations towards the £6.1m required each year to continue their work.
Over the next five years the hospice plans to develop patient services to meet the specialist palliative and end of life care needs within the community including expanding Hospice at Home services.