Gearing up for the Midnight Walk

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A FATHER and son pair from Pannal will be taking to the streets of Harrogate next month in what is becoming an annual tradition.

David and Harry Binder will be taking part in the Midnight Walk for the sixth year running, raising money for Saint Michael’s Hospice.

The pair take part in memory of 16-year-old Harry’s aunt, who was cared for by Saint Michael’s in the last days of her life, and to remember his granddad who died before Harry was even born.

David, 56, who owns Fountain House Construction, said: “Our commitment to the Midnight Walk began in 2007 after Harry said he’d like to take part in memory of his granddad, who died of cancer in 1988.”

“My father-in-law was a remarkable man, and Harry’s dedication to a man he sadly never got to meet is testament to his legacy.”

The pair have raised more than £1,000 for the hospice, which cares for more than 2,400 people every year. As well as supporting a good cause, the walk is a special evening for both of them.

David, who survived a horrific car crash in 1998 which saw him break 31 bones, said: “We’ve been through a lot as a family in recent years and the Midnight Walk gives Harry and I a chance to bond; we walk, we talk, and it’s something I look forward to as a father.”

Tony Collins, chief executive of Saint Michael’s, said: “I think the Binders sum up the reason why the Midnight Walk is so special to our community. “It’s about relationships, past and present, and is a chance for people to come together to how their support for family, friends and the wider community who have been touched by terminal illness and bereavement.

“This support, which has translated into more than £500,000 for Saint Michael’s since 2007, is something that everyone involved should be very proud of.”

The 6.5mile sponsored walk on Saturday, June 30 will start and finish at the Yorkshire Event Centre on the Great Yorkshire Showground, Wetherby Road, and follow a well lit, fully marshalled circular route around Harrogate town centre.

For the fifth year running the event is sponsored by Engage Mutual and supported by two media partners, the Harrogate Advertiser and Stray FM.

Places are limited and participants must pre-register before Friday, June 15. Registration costs £12 for adults and £6 for under 16s. To secure your place, visit Alternatively, paper registration forms are available from any Saint Michael’s shop or by calling the hospice on 01423 879687.