28 May 2024

Midnight walk raises £42,000

Salisbury Hospice Charity welcomed 343 walkers at Five Rivers Leisure Centre to take on their annual Midnight Walk on Saturday (27th April).

The event is a fun, yet incredibly moving sponsored walk to raise vital funds for Salisbury Hospice.

Every walker, marshal and volunteer was dressed in vibrant neon outfits, all set to illuminate the streets of Salisbury as they embarked on their chosen six or 10-mile route.

The event kicked off with an energetic warm-up led by Beth Whitworth on stage, with DJ Kev from Radio Odstock accompanying.

Speeches began with heartfelt words spoken by Charity Patron, The Countess of Pembroke, followed by an inspirational speech from Nikki Spicer, Chair of Trustees of Salisbury Hospice Charity.

The well-known countdown of “Three, two, one – Glow!” created a sense of unity as the 343 set off.

Cheers echoed along the route from our dedicated volunteers and from people who came out of their homes, which kept our walkers’ spirits high and motivated even in the most challenging of weather conditions.

At Salisbury Cathedral’s west door all the walkers were invited to light and dedicate a candle in remembrance of a loved one, and were able to write a personal message of reflection, in a dedicated memory book.

Many participants opted to display on their t-shirt their reason for walking, memories of a beloved individuals and some of the wonderful hospice staff.

Despite the torrential and relentless rain, the walkers returned drenched and smiling, filled with a strong sense of accomplishment and determination to support Salisbury Hospice in their mission to raise vital funds.

Greig Futcher, Events Fundraiser had the following to say: “I am completely overwhelmed by the support and attendees on the night as the weather wasn’t at its best!

“It’s astonishing to see £42k has been raised from Midnight Walk. Even after walkers who had been out on the course for several hours in the wet and cold crossed the finish line with huge smiles on their faces, some were even laughing!

“A huge thank you to all the volunteers and most importantly every walker who pounded the streets, who without, this event would not have been possible. The support we received from our sponsor and individuals such as Beth Whitworth ‘queen’ of the warm-up.

“I am excited to announce that Midnight Walk is back for 2025 with a passion on Saturday 26th April. Get ready to step out in your sparkles and rock the town in style in next year’s Glitter and Glam-rock theme.”

Sign up here: https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/MidnightWalk2025

Photo Credit: Spencer Mulholland Photography, Donald Capewell Photography and Andrea Penna Photography.

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns