Trekking up hills and down hills for charity

Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk 2011
Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk 2011
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HUNDREDS of people have pulled on their walking boots to walk through the night to raise thousands of pounds for Overgate Hospice.

The annual Midnight Walk set off from North Bridge and saw 554 walkers take part in the hospice’s 30th year.

People donned their pyjamas and some even went the whole hog, dressing as smurfs for the event.

The route was kept secret until the end but it was a challenging start as they scaled Southowram Bank.

The first refreshment stop was at Central Methodist church, Brighouse before the group made their way to Elland, through Rastrick. After a drink at Bethedesa Church, they went through West Vale up to Siddal before finishing back at North Bridge.

It is hoped the efforts of the walkers will raise £40,000.

Organiser Lauren Ingram said thanked everyone who took part.

“The weather stayed fine all night and everyone seemed to be in great sprits even if the route was a little challenging.”

The walk was sponsored by After Accident Care and volunteers marshalled the route and made sure the walkers were safe.

Medevent provided first aid.

“We look forward to welcoming more walkers again next year,” said Lauren.

For more details on the hospice’s work call 01422 387121.