Weymouth turned silver by our Midnight Walkers
Thank you for helping us raise and incredible total!
On Saturday 20th July, we held our 13th Midnight Walk – a ‘Silver Spectacular’ to mark our 25th anniversary.
At the stroke of midnight, around 500 women took to the streets of the seaside town taking on one of three routes; 5, 6.5 or 10 miles around Weymouth.
It is believed that £44,000 has been raised this year which will go towards supporting patients throughout Dorset, who are facing one of life’s most difficult journeys.
All the walkers were treated to entertainment from Wessex FM and Modern Disciples prior to the walk, as well as a photo booth, a delicious BBQ and much more. A fun warm up session was led by Jo Thomson before walkers were set on their way.
Many women were proudly displaying the names on the back of their t-shirt of who they were walking in memory of.
Once walkers returned to the college, they were treated to a well deserved bacon roll, drink and goodie bag.
Tania Christopher walked the five mile route on what was both her 25th birthday and her hen night, with mum Lindy and sister Louise (all pictured above). It’s her first Midnight Walk and she said, “It’s a really fun event, a great atmosphere, and for a really good cause. I work for Charminster Stores and Post Office and we’ve sadly lost a number of customers, who were looked after by Weldmar”.
Matt Smith, Director of Fundraising and Marketing said “This year was a very special Midnight Walk for us. We’re celebrating 25 years of Hospicecare throughout Dorset in which time, we’ve cared for over 20,000 patients. We wanted to remember as many of those patients as possible this year and our Midnight Walk seemed a fitting event to do just that.
Since our first Midnight Walk in 2007, this event has raised over three quarters of a million pounds for our care and tonight has presented another amazing total. Fundraising is challenging at the moment, more people are needing our care than ever before and we need to raise enough money to be here for everyone who needs us. This event demonstrates the importance of our services and we are extremely grateful to all the walkers and our continued supporters.”
Weldmar would also like to thank the main sponsor, Weyline Taxis, all the volunteers and the walkers for making the 2019 event a success.
Thanks also to Daniels Fish & Chips, who generously supplied 100 bags of chips for our team of volunteers.