These walkers turned out in force late at night to support Elland’s Overgate Hospice.

People began arriving in droves as early as 10.30pm on Saturday outside North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax ready for the Midnight Walk, sponsored by Rosemount Estates.

The energy and smiles on people’s faces – along with the glow-sticks – lit up the event as people participated in the pre-event Get Ready to Rumble dance.

Walkers could choose from the six-mile or 13-mile route, but all started off into Southowram together, with plenty of songs and encouragement for each other.

And the result was a massive £65,000 boost for Hospice funds.

Senior fundraiser Faye Henderson said: “Seeing everyone in great spirits just made it feel incredible before the walk had begun.

 

“I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. It’s great to see people coming back after last year’s walk.

Overgate Hospice would like to thank each and every one of those who walked, sponsored, volunteered and walked the Midnight Walk. Over 940 people came, a record-breaking hit for us, making this year’s Midnight Walk the biggest and best one yet.”

A group called Katie’s Angels walked in memory of Katie Elvidge, who died aged 30 at the Hospice this year. Members plan to continue their fundraising activities, which have so far raised more than �2,000.

A group spokesman said: “The walk was on such a nice night and the cold wind wasn’t going to dampen our mood and our pace. The cheering on from everyone, including the walkers, made it that little bit more special.

“We hope we made Katie proud and we’ll continue to do more for Overgate Hospice as they provide such great work and made Katie’s end the most peaceful.”