When one of Plymouth’s best-loved charity events returns this year, it is taking participants back to the past to raise vital funds that will help local families for generations to come.
St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s iconic Midnight Walk is back on Friday, July 22, when it is set to be awash with women embracing this year’s theme of 1982, which is when the hospice – then based at Syrena House in Plymstock – welcomed its first patients.
But that’s not all! As well as the retro theme to mark four decades of St Luke’s compassionate care and support for families across Plymouth and surrounding areas, this year – for the first time – the charity has added a new 2.5-mile route to the popular annual event.
While this shorter walk has been introduced so that young children can be part of Midnight Walk, both this distance and the 5-, 10- and 15-mile routes are open to all girls and boys aged up to 17, as well as adult women, so that doing good in the community can be more of a family affair.
Sponsored by local company Drakes Jewellers, Midnight Walk is an opportunity for women and children to come together and celebrate the lives of relatives and friends who have died but will never be forgotten, sharing precious memories and creating new ones as they stride the streets of Plymouth in aid of St Luke’s.
Leaving from – and returning to – Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium, they will be raising funds that will help the charity continue its specialist service caring for terminally ill people at home, in hospital and at Turnchapel and providing emotional support for them and their families.
Speaking about the event, Penny Hannah, Head of Fundraising at the hospice, said: “If ever there was a year for coming together to walk in memory of lost loved ones, this is it – St Luke’s 40th anniversary year.
“As part of marking such a special milestone, we’ve made Midnight Walk more family friendly so that children can join in and enjoy the party atmosphere, too. It feels fitting to be doing this as we look to the next 40 years and build our charity’s resilience so that we can be here for all the local families who will need us in the future.
“This summer’s Midnight Walk is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to pay tribute to each and every person the hospice team has had the privilege of looking after since our specialist service began, in 1982.
“We’re inviting our walkers to bring a copy of a favourite photo of their lost loved one and add it to our Memory Wall on the night – they are welcome to do this even if that person was not a patient of St Luke’s.
“Whether they have taken part in our event before or are participating for the first time, we can’t wait to see our supporters in their pink tee-shirts, embracing our 1982 theme and enjoying what is always a really uplifting atmosphere!
“What really makes the night for everybody though, is that they’re doing what they can to help local families going through the toughest of times, showing great kindness for them.”
Registration for Midnight Walk costs £24 for those aged 11 and over and £12 for children aged ten and under. Visit www.stlukesmidnightwalk.co.uk for more information and to sign up.