Harrogate night-time wanderers raise £40,000

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Harrogate on Saturday night to support local families living with terminal illness and bereavement.

The Midnight Walk, supported by CNG, saw more than 500 participants take on the quarter-marathon challenge, stepping out to raise vital funds for local hospice care charity St Michael’s.

NADV 1509194AM9 St. Michael's Midnight Walk. Sophie Bentley, Bridget Elbortoukaly and Summer Elbortoukaly. (1509194AM9)

NADV 1509194AM9 St. Michael's Midnight Walk. Sophie Bentley, Bridget Elbortoukaly and Summer Elbortoukaly. (1509194AM9)

Pledges of group and personal sponsorship made on the night suggest the event has raised more than £40,000 for the cause.

“Yet again the Midnight Walk has been a fantastic success and a truly inspiring example of what can be achieved by local people uniting in support of a cause at the heart of our community,” said Chief Executive Tony Collins.

Participants left Rossett Sports Centre at 10pm and were treated to a host of on-route entertainment, before returning to songs and celebrations with Stray FM at midnight.

St Michael’s spends £5 million each year providing care for local people, and relies heavily on the generous support of the community it serves.

St Michael’s continues to be a cause close to our hearts

Jacqui Hall

“We have a long history with St Michael’s now and it continues to be a cause close to the hearts of our employees,” said Jacqui Hall, managing director of sponsors CNG.

“We were delighted to support this year’s Midnight Walk.

“Its return after a break meant the 2015 event was even more special and we were so thrilled to be involved.”

The organisers gave their heartfelt thanks to all those who walked, volunteered and supported the event.

Walkers are now urged to return any sponsorship money raised as soon as possible so that the hospice can announce the final fundraising total and begin to put the cash to use supporting local families.

For more information, visit St Michael’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saintmichaels.