Hundreds of people have made a date to make a difference as part of Harrogate’s biggest and best-loved sponsored stroll, which sees walkers step out in support of Saint Michael’s Hospice.
The charity’s popular Midnight Walk, supported by CNG, takes place on Saturday September 19, leaving Rossett Sports Centre at 10pm and returning for magical celebrations when the clock strikes 12.
Mum of two, Michelle Martin, will be joining those striding out on the 6.5 mile moonlit route to raise vital funds for Saint Michael’s, the charity supporting more than 2000 people living with terminal illness and bereavement across the Harrogate district each year.
Michelle who will be walking with Kallum, 12, and Alice-May, 7, said:
Alice-May and Kallum are very excited to stay up late and to be part of the fun atmosphere of the evening, not to mention the midnight feast which they are both really looking forward to!
We took part in Saint Michael’s Star Walk in 2013, and even though Alice-May was only six she walked every step of the 10km, with the help of her big brother Kallum.
Having volunteered at the Saint Michael’s Jennyfields shop for three years, Michelle is proud to support Saint Michael’s, and keen to teach Alice-May and Kallum how they can help make a difference to local families.
One of the best gifts I can give my children is an understanding of how important Saint Michaels is, teaching them that time is precious and that love and care comes before anything else.
The sense of achievement you feel having been part of something that helps others is priceless and I’m very proud of Alice-May and Kallum, as are their teachers and our family.
The event, which raised more than £70,000 in 2012, returns for 2015, promising walkers new and exciting features, including a stroll through the Saint Michael’s enchanted garden and an exclusive performance from Harrogate’s sell-out Rock Up and Sing choir.
Each year Saint Michael’s spends more than £5m providing care and support to help local people living with terminal illness and their families make the most of their time together and cope with any challenges or difficult times.
Participants are encouraged to raise as much personal sponsorship as possible to enable Saint Michael’s to continue to make a difference, both at the charity’s Hornbeam Park-based hospice and out in the community.
Places are limited and participants are urged to secure their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.