Hospice’s midnight memorial
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.