Stepping out at night raises £75,000 for Katharine House

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Almost 800 people stayed up through the night and took to the streets of Banbury on Saturday to support the 10th Annual Midnight Walk organised by the Katharine House Hospice.

Over 600 walkers donned silver wigs, skirts, and head boppers to take part in the 10-mile walk around the town’s sights and landmarks. Walkers were supported by a team of 180 volunteers who were doing everything from marshalling the route and registering walkers to cheering walkers on and providing them with a bacon sandwich at the end of the walk.

One walker said: “What an amazing night! The walk is a chance to get together with friends and do something fun, but also raise money for a local cause which has helped – and will help – our friends, family members and other people in our area.

“At the end of the walk we were all so tired, but to see the Katharine House staff cheering us on was a reminder of the fantastic cause we are all supporting.”

Each year the walk raises money for Katharine House Hospice which has been providing end of life care to people in the local community for 25 years.

“This year the walk raised £75,000, which will enable the hospice to carry on caring for those in need in the community.

Chris Higgins, communications officer at the Hospice, said:”‘A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Walk this year.

Everyone at the Hospice is grateful to all the walkers who once again supported us with great enthusiasm and turned out in force to raise so much money.

“And also to our fantastic volunteers who give so much of their time and energy for everything from fundraising events to driving patients to and from the Hospice. Without such amazing support, we really couldn’t carry on caring.”

It costs over £3.6 million to run the hospice and around 80 per cent of that amount comes from donations from supporters in the local community.