Ladies across Plymouth are being invited to celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones and put their best foot forward for local hospice care when one of the city’s best-loved charity events makes its much-anticipated return this summer.
Following its cancellation last year because of lockdown restrictions, Midnight Walk in aid of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is set to take place on Friday, August 20, sponsored by GA Solicitors.
The popular mass participation event raises vital funds to help the charity provide its specialist end-of-life care for terminally ill people at home, in hospital and at Turnchapel, as well as emotional support for them and their families – services that are likely to be needed more than ever in the months ahead due to the impact of the pandemic.
Midnight Walk is an opportunity for women and girls of all ages to come together as one to pay tribute to relatives and friends who are gone but will never be forgotten, sharing precious memories and creating new ones as they stride the streets of Plymouth for the sponsored walk.
This year, the ladies will set out from Home Park Stadium, taking on their choice of a 5-, 10- or 15-mile route across Plymouth in their brightly coloured tee-shirts adorned with the names of the loved ones whose memory they are honouring.
Speaking about the event, Penny Hannah, Head of Fundraising at St Luke’s, said: “If ever there was a year for coming together to walk in memory of lost loved ones, this is it, and we are thrilled that after such a long wait we can finally welcome ladies back to take part in Midnight Walk. We can’t wait to see them, and as always, we are going to make it a really fun night for them all.
“We are conscious though, that alongside the excitement as we move towards the lifting of restrictions on big outdoor events like ours, there is sadness for so many who have been bereaved as they continue to gradually adjust to life without that special person by their side.
“It’s possible that for some, Midnight Walk could even be the first opportunity they will have to reunite with friends and family they have been forced apart from – and perhaps unable to grieve with – because of the pandemic, which means it will be an extra poignant occasion.
“All ladies are welcome, regardless of whether or not their loved one received care from St Luke’s and, of course, you don’t need to be walking in memory. You can join us simply for the fantastic uplifting atmosphere, knowing you will be making an important difference for local families right when they need it most.”
Registration for Midnight Walk costs £22, which includes the cost of your T-shirt as well as a medal and goodie bag for all completers.
Visit www.stlukesmidnightwalk.co.uk for more information and to sign up.