Midnight walk raised £25,000 for Wakefield Hospice

BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold started the Midnight Walk
BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold started the Midnight Walk

FLASHING halos and bunny ears lit up the sky as hundreds of people took part in the annual Midnight Walk in aid of Wakefield Hospice.

BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold led more than 400 walkers through the city streets to try and raise £25,000.

The first walkers on the six-mile route finished in one-and-a-half hours.

And front runners in the 10-mile route took three hours.

Samantha Wood, hospice event fundraiser, said: “The event was a huge success and had a real atmosphere for all ages.

“It was such a lovely sight to see a sea of flashing bunny ears and halos as all our supporters took to the streets of Wakefield to raise money for Wakefield Hospice.

“With huge thanks to Audi and Greens as the main sponsors of the event, and the help of Key Security and Media Displays, we hope to reach our target.”

DJs and dancers provided entertainment for the fundraisers along the city centre route.

Julia Daniel, 57, of Rayner Street, Horbury, took part for the first time with her daughter and friends.

She said: “My mum was ill and she tragically passed away before she was due to go to the hospice.

“We really enjoyed it and I will definitely being doing it again next year.”

This year Wakefield Hospice, on Aberford Road, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Midnight Walk is one of a number of events it holds to raise the £7,220 it needs every day to keep the specialist palliative care unit operating.

For more information about the services offered by the hospice or how to help with fundraising log on to www. wakefieldhospice.org or call 01924 213900.