Hundreds take to the streets of Calderdale at midnight in support of Overgate Hospice

Wednesday 11 Oct 2023
On Saturday 9th September, over 700 walkers lit up the streets of Calderdale for the Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk!

The Midnight Walk first began in 2008 and since that time it has seen thousands of people take on the challenge. This year, the start and finish line was held at Lightcliffe Academy and taking on the brand new 7 and 13 mile routes which were a closely guarded secret until the night of the event.  The routes didn’t disappoint in giving supporters a challenge while taking them through the beautiful sights of Lightcliffe, Brighouse and Rastrick while the walkers lit up the streets with all the flashing clothing and accessories they could fit on their bodies.

Before they set off on their journey, the crowd enjoyed a warmup routine to this year’s Barbie anthem Dance the Night Away. The atmosphere at the Lightcliffe Academy was electric, giving the walkers the energy they needed to complete their challenge. Upon their return, participants were treated to a well-deserved warm butty and a medal to commemorate their achievement which was presented to them by Overgate’s very own nursing team. By 6am, all walkers had returned and many were already back home and resting their feet!

Jess Bailey, Events Fundraiser at Overgate Hospice said, “We are so grateful to everyone who joined us on Saturday and helped make this year’s Midnight Walk another amazing success! The Midnight Walk is our biggest event of the year, and once again our supporters showed us how much love they have for Overgate; spending the days and weeks prior raising as much sponsorship as possible, then donning their flashing merchandise and creating the most amazing atmosphere throughout the night! Thank you to everyone who took part, to our sponsors Rosemount Estates, and to our dedicated team of volunteers who we are so grateful to”.

Over 60 volunteers gave their time to support the event, without them, the event wouldn’t be possible and The Midnight Walk is estimated to raise over £50,000 to support the care provided each day. 

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