Midnight Memory Walk 2015
5th August 2015
On 3rd July 2015, 500 walkers took part in our 8th Midnight Memory Walk.
The fun started at Magna, where walkers enjoyed fun activities including a rodeo bull, giant inflatables, crazy golf and face painting. The party atmosphere got everyone in the mood for the warm-up, before being led outside to start the walk. The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Maggi Clark and her consort Mr Peter Clark led the countdown to Midnight before joining the walkers on the 6 mile route.
Walkers were able to choose either a 6 or 10 mile route, which took them past the Hospice on Broom Road before splitting with the 6 mile walkers heading back to Magna via Moorgate, and the 10 mile walkers returning via Brecks, Whiston and Moorgate. Refreshments were provided at The Homestead, The Brecks and Carlton Park Hotel. The route was marshalled by volunteers at regular intervals, cheering the walkers on as they passed.
Whilst most of the walkers made it back dry, Rotherham was hit by a heavy storm at around 3am which saw the last few walkers returning to Magna well soaked!
Walker, Mandy Peplow commented on the Hospice Facebook page “Oh what a night! Our first time walking for the Hospice, but certainly not the last. Didn’t quite manage to dodge the storm but what’s a little water between friends?”
Fundraising Team Leader, Anne Giblin, said “It was a fantastic night from start to finish. We are delighted that everyone had a great evening, walking together and sharing memories of their loved ones. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped on the night – in particular those marshalls who had to stand out in the storm, ensuring the safety of our walkers. This was our eighth walk and one of our most popular events. It’s a great way for people to remember loved ones while raising money for the Hospice.”