Over 500 fundraisers took part in Saturday’s annual 10 mile walk to raise money for the Katharine House Hospice.
This year’s theme was ‘animals’ which inspired walkers to come wearing costumes from modest bunny ears to full frog suits.
Starting from Banbury Cricket Club in Bodicote, the event has become a highlight of the fundraising calender. Saturday’s walk represented the 11th year it has been held, raising almost £1M over that time.
Chris Higgins, communications officer at Katharine House, said: “This year’s Midnight Walk was our best event yet, and to have over 500 people out in force and raising money shows just how much support there is for local hospice care.
“The need for Katharine House’s services is growing all the time.
“Whether it’s people staying in our hospice at the end of their lives, people who need support to live with their illness in their own homes or in a care home, or children, teenagers, and adults who need help coming to terms with the loss of someone special, the money raised at this year’s walk will make a real difference to the lives of local families.
“We have to raise £10,000 every day to provide our services, and we simply couldn’t carry on supporting the people who need us without the fantastic support of local people who fundraise with their Midnight Walks, marathons, cake sales and other events.
He added: “A huge thank you to all who took part – it’s greatly appreciated by staff and patients at the hospice.”
Many of those who took part have been deeply moved by the hospice and the services it has provided to loved ones and family members.
Simon, took part in the walk in memory of his father who recently passed away at the hospice, said: “When my Dad was diagnosed with cancer he was given six months to live.
“The care and support he – and us as a family – received from Katharine House was amazing.
“I took part in the walk in memory of him and to raise as much money as I could for Katharine House.
The care they give is always free, and despite his terminal cancer, they actually gave my dad his life back.
“I’ll be forever grateful to them for that and giving me the memory of him smiling all the way to the end.”
This year’s event will raise almost £70,000 to enable the charity to provide palliative care to those that need it.