Ashgate Hospice facts and figures

PRETTY IN PINK: Ashgate Hospice's Midnight Walk.
PRETTY IN PINK: Ashgate Hospice's Midnight Walk.

Over 800 women stepped out under the stars to raise thousands of pounds during Ashgate Hospice’s Midnight Walk.

Fancy-dress-clad walkers were in high spirits despite the wet weather as they trekked either 13 miles or 6.5 miles from Cliffe Park in Dronfield to Ashgate Hospice.

Over £80,000 was pledged in sponsorship over night on Saturday and in the early hours of Sunday.

After finishing the walk fundraisers enjoyed a warm drink and a bacon sandwich.

Fundraiser at Ashgate Hospice Emily Evans said: “It was an amazing event.

“It rained constantly throughout the night but but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at all. The ladies ploughed on and had a fantastic night.

“We’ve never seen so many wet and soggy bunny ears and halos.”

She added: “A massive thank you also goes to all our 100 volunteers who gave up their time to help us on the night.

“We really couldn’t have done it without them.”

The money raised will go towards providing free care for hospice patients and their families.

Dedicated walkers logged on to the charity’s Facebook site.

Stacey Slater said: “It was all for a good cause. I really enjoyed it.”

Chris Hall added: “I was marshalling and it was great to see every body still smiling.”

Rachel Abberley said: “Amazing night and fantastic atmosphere despite the weather.”

Dawn Gregory added: “It hasn’t put us off, see you next year, no matter what the weather.”