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z_Midnight Walk will return in the Summer of 2016!
Review of 2015 event.
St Luke s Hospice Plymouth flagship fundraising event of the year, the Midnight Walk took place on Saturday 18 July with a sea of 1,881 pink ladies with flashing bunny ears heading out for the best girls night out.
The party started early, before the ladies even put a toe on the start line. A big outdoor stage, live music from local 80s Tribute Band, Ashes to Ashes, nail and hair makeovers was just some of the entertainment taking place, all compered by Heart Radio Drive Time presenter, Olivia.
A girls night out or a challenge, there are many reasons why the ladies come out in force to support St Luke s. What was quite evident for the majority of Women, was the opportunity to celebrate a life and to walk in memory of a treasured loved one. Powerful messages displayed on back of the Pink t-shirts reinforced the positive impact St Luke s has had on a local family in a time of need.
The event was hosted for the second year at The University of St Mark St John Sports Centre in Derriford and took the 3, 6 and 12 mile routes out onto Tavistock Road, City Centre bound. With residents staying up late to cheer on the ladies outside their homes, the 12 mile ladies arrived at their half way point at Plymouth University where they were greeted with welcome refreshments, entertainment and even a Pedicure for tired feet.
As the ladies cross the finish line there is a real sense of achievement and a special treat of a goodie bag packed with girlie treats and a Bucks Fizz Breakfast courtesy of Sainsbury s, Armada Way.
For one family, the Midnight Walk marks the anniversary of much loved Grandad, Ken Barrett as Jade Popplewell from Stoke explains: I am walking in memory of my Grandad, Ken. He had cancer and passed away when Midnight Walk was happening last year. It is a very emotional and special night for me, my mum and my other two aunties who are with me to remember such a special man and to say thank you to St Luke s . Jade added: There was such an amazing atmosphere here tonight, the party feeling before we set off and then out on the streets with people beeping their horns and cheering as they drove past us .
Lisa Hayward from St Budeaux, took part in her first Midnight Walk and went straight for the tough 12 Miles. Lisa said: The hill at Estover was the hardest part of the course, but because everyone else was doing it, it gave you the motivation to keep on walking. I am walking in memory of my Dad, Jeff Muckett. He was cared by the amazing St Luke s doctors and nurses and accessed the care at his home and in Derriford Hospital where was so well looked after by the St Luke s Hospital Team. I would like to say thank you to St Luke s for everything you do and being there not only for Dad, but for the whole family. It means a lot and I will never forget it . Lisa raised 150 on her walk.
Claire Watson from Plympton said: It has been really lovely and very uplifting. Everyone is looking out for each other, there have been some people on the course flagging a little bit and people have been picking their spirits up and helping them along which was so nice to see. It is a fantastic local charity and we try to do as much as we can. I feel like you a putting something back in, you never know when you are going to need St Luke s and it is reassuring to know that they are there .
Kelly Tippett, Southway said: I did the 12 miles and I didn t expect it to be as tough as it was, but it has been a really good experience. For me the challenge was when you hit Forder Valley, those hills were never ending. When we came up to the residential areas, there were people outside their homes cheering us along which was nice and encouraged us all to keep going .
Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke s Hospice Plymouth, Emma Winter said: The atmosphere was buzzing on the night, it is so great to see the local community out in force to raise money and help create awareness for the care we provide.
On behalf of St Luke s I would like to thank everyone involved, the 130 volunteers who made it possible, the University of St Mark St John for being the perfect hosts and of course our sponsors, Princess Yachts International plc. See you next year for our 10th anniversary!
Midnight Walk is aiming to raise over 200,000 to enable St Luke s to provide free end of life care at home, in Derriford Hospital and at the hospice.