Midnight Walk raises an electric £42K!

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On Saturday, 27th April, Salisbury Hospice Charity’s annual Midnight Walk took place at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, with almost 350 participants who braved the night in a heartfelt effort to support end-of-life care. Every walker, marshal and volunteer was dressed in vibrant neon outfits, and participants chose between the 6 or 10-mile routes through Salisbury. The event kicked off with an energetic warm-up led by Beth Whitworth on stage, with DJ Kev accompanying from Radio Odstock.
The Countess of Pembroke, Charity Patron, and Nikki Spicer, Chair of Trustees, both gave warm speeches before the communal countdown, “Three, two, one – Glow!” sent the walkers on their way amid cheers from volunteers and residents.
Despite seriously challenging weather, the walkers spirits remained high, boosted by cheering residents along the route and entertainment from the stars of Circus Wessex and Jonathan Jester.
At Salisbury Cathedral’s west door, walkers were invited to light a candle in memory of a loved one, and to write a personal message in a dedicated memory book. Many participants also opted to display on their t-shirt their reason for walking, with memories of a beloved individual or some of the wonderful hospice staff.
With torrential and relentless rain, the walkers returned drenched but smiling, filled with a strong sense of accomplishment and determination to support Salisbury Hospice. At the finish line, walkers had the opportunity to pass through a unique Midnight Walk colour-changing arch, a special creation by Ozweld International. Each walker received a packet of Forget Me Not seeds as a living medal to plant in memory of their loved ones. Warm drinks and bacon baps from The Wood Bar awaited, along with optional foot massages from complementary therapists.
Despite the terrible weather, the event was a huge success, raising an astonishing £42,000.
Greig Futcher, Events Fundraiser, said: ‘I am completely overwhelmed. The weather wasn’t at its best, but even after walkers had been out on the course for several hours in the wet and cold, they crossed the finish line with huge smiles on their faces! I must send a huge thank you to all the volunteers – and most importantly, every walker who pounded the streets.’
Salisbury Hospice Charity would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, and support we have received to put on this ‘glow’tastic event. A special thank you goes to sponsor Webbed Feet.

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