ST PETER’S HOSPICE MIDNIGHT WALK IS A HUGE SUCCESS…
Organisers of the St Peter’s Hospice event said it was one of the best yet and are hoping to have raised around £140,000 for those with life-limiting illnesses in Bristol.
As well as the hundreds of walkers, male and female volunteer marshals stepped up to help out at the event. Starting at Ashton Gate the walk took in some of the city’s famous landmarks including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the ss Great Britain.
St Peter’s Hospice events fundraiser Maria del Carmen Moon Park said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turn out for the Midnight Walk this year and the night itself was fantastic. With it being our big 35th anniversary year we wanted to make it a great event and it definitely was!
“It was great to see so many people come together for a common cause and everyone enjoyed a fun Saturday night out. We walked right the way through the midnight hour but spirits were high as everyone got chatting; it’s a great atmosphere. All the walkers’ efforts are so appreciated and we are well on our way to raising our target of £140,000.
“We had a great time doing a warm up with the ladies from ITS gym and it got everyone in a great mood for the walk itself. As it was such a warm night we made sure everyone drank plenty of water but the balmy evening just added to the special atmosphere.
“As Bristol’s only adult hospice we need a lot of support from people in the city to keep up our work. The Midnight Walk is one of our biggest and most popular events and seems to be growing year-on-year into a huge event for Bristol.”
Many of the women who took part dressed for the occasion in pink tutus, feather boas and Stetson hats. With a 5-mile and 10-mile option, walkers began at 10.30pm with the last of the fundraisers crossing the line at 3am where they were greeted with a hot drink, a cereal bar and a banana.
One of the participants was Louise Savage, 31, from Kingswood. Louise has supported the charity since her father Peter Bembridge was cared for at the hospice in his final days. She said: “I cannot fault any of the care my father and my family received from St Peter’s Hospice which is why I am now doing my bit to say thank you and to help other families in similar situations.”
Maria continued: “We’re already looking forward to pounding the streets again next year but before then we’ve got our Party for Pete month and Walk to Remember to look forward to!”
Services at St Peter’s Hospice are provided free of charge. Now in its 35th anniversary year, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from the generosity of public support.
For more information about other events by St Peter’s Hospice please visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk.
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