THEY walked by night – and became record-breakers!

Hundreds of walkers took to the streets of Huddersfield – and found themselves taking part in the most successful fundraising event ever held for Kirkwood Hospice.

The second Midnight Memory Walk attracted 830 people and raised more than £100,000.

Jane Dutton, events fundraiser for the Dalton hospice, said: “Our first walk last year was amazing and many of those walkers have encouraged their family and friends to join them this year.

“The mood and the atmosphere was fantastic and as last year it was a very emotional, unforgettable night.”

Circus experts from Kaotik Arts performed a spectacular fire show and hundreds of people had their faces painted before the event.

Production company Show Tec provided music and an instructor from Rosemary Conley fitness clubs did a warm-up before the walkers left the Galpharm Stadium at midnight for a 10-mile circular sponsored road walk.

There was a six-mile route for children and wheelchair users.

The event is held for people who have lost loved ones.

Jane said it had been a family affair.

She added: “Everyone had a very moving story to tell us as to why they were walking.

“As well as walkers from across Kirklees people came from all over the country to remember loved ones, many of whom had been or are being cared for at Kirkwood.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way to make this event such a wonderful success, especially all those who have walked and raised thousands of pounds for patient care.

“It will be some time before we have a final figure but early indications show that we will hit our target of £100,000.”

For information on helping the hospice call the fundraising department on 01484 557911 or visit