Thousands turn out for Kirkwood Hospice’s Midnight Memory Walk


Record numbers of charity fundraisers took to the streets of Huddersfield to join in the annual Midnight Memory Walk for Kirkwood Hospice.

And the 1,100 walkers raised a staggering £95,000 to support the Dalton-based hospice.

Crowds gathered at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday night creating a buzz and sense of anticipation.

Organisers had planned for entertainment and a party atmosphere courtesy of Honley Samba Band before an en-mass warm up led by fitness instructor Lucy Penrose.

At the stroke of midnight, confetti cannons showered the enthusiastic crowd gathered at the start line and signalled the start of the event, and a procession of blue spilled on to the streets for the most memorable of late night strolls.

Event organiser Emily Kennedy, from Kirkwood Hospice, said: “It’s astonishing how passionate the local community is about this event and about Kirkwood.

“To achieve £95,000 in pledges is our highest total to date and to have a record number of walkers coming out to remember a loved one is truly humbling.

“We simply couldn’t continue to care for our patients and their relatives without the support of the Kirklees community, and events such as the Midnight Memory Walk are massively important in raising vital funds.”

Walkers took on a 10 mile or six mile route which was manned by dozens of marshals who had volunteered to help the event go smoothly.

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