Hos­pice’s mid­night me­mo­rial

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By El­iz­a­beth Archer

Hun­dreds of peo­ple will com­mem­morate their loved ones by un­der­tak­ing a gru­elling mid­night walk in aid of Over­gate Hos­pice. The eighth an­nual event will take place on Septem­ber 12 when walk­ers will com­plete ei­ther a six or 13 mile trek to raise money for the char­ity through spon­sor­ship.

Last year’s walk raised more than £50,000 for the Hos­pice and this year looks set to be another out­stand­ing year.

Re­becca Gill, events fundraiser, said: “We are re­ally ex­cited for this year’s event and are thrilled to have so many sup­port­ers signed up al­ready.

“Our Mid­night Walk is our big­gest chal­lenge of the year and our par­tic­i­pants cer­tainly earn their spon­sor­ship so we are re­ally grate­ful for their sup­port!”

More than 300 peo­ple have al­ready signed up to take part, and more regis­tra­tions are ex­pected to flood in over the com­ing weeks.

This year will be es­p­cially poignant for many walk­ers as each per­son who has signed up to the chal­lenge has sent a photo to the Hos­pice of the per­son they are walk­ing in mem­ory of.

The Hos­pice will cre­ate a ‘mem­ory star’ to pay trib­ute to those who have passed away and walk­ers will be able to write the names of their loved ones on the star over the course of the evening.

The walk’s route is dif­fer­ent ev­ery year and is kept se­cret un­til the night, although or­gan­is­ers have re­vealed that this year’s chal­lenge will start and end at North Bridge Leisure Cen­tre.

There will be re­fresh­ments through­out the evening and at the end of the night each walker will re­ceive a medal and a t-shirt for tak­ing part in the chal­lenge.

Pre- reg­is­tra­tion for the event costs £12 and can be com­pleted un­til 3pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 11, by vis­it­ing mw.over­gate­hos­pice.org. uk or call­ing the fundrais­ing team on 01422 387121.

It is also pos­si­ble to register for the event on the night be­tween 10:30pm and 11:45pm. A £5 sur­charge will be added for thoses who have not reg­is­tered in ad­vance. In Calderdale, 9 per cent of adults will spend the last days of their life in care at Over­gate Hos­pice When the hos­pice was founded in 1979 there were just 60 char­i­ties like it in the coun­try and it was the first of its kind in the bor­ough Fig­ures from last year show that it costs £3.5 mil­lion a year to keep the hos­pice run­ning, around £2.5 mil­lion of which comes from do­na­tions The hos­pice re­ceives £1,050,120 of its in­come in the form of a grant from the Calderdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group Hos­pice vol­un­teers out­num­ber paid staff by five to one, and vol­un­teers gave an es­ti­mated 66,000 hours of their time last year The num­ber of peo­ple aged 85 and over in the UK is ex­pected to dou­ble in the next 20 years. Lo­cal peo­ple’s sup­port for the hos­pice’s work has seen some ter­rific sums raised - and the hos­pice now has a num­ber of char­ity shops through­out the area.

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