St Ann’s supporters, Jodie, Amanda and Sarah, are returning for the third time to take part in the newly adapted Manchester Midnight Walk, alongside 24 of their closest friends and family members in memory of their mother-in-law who was cared for by St Ann’s.
Like many events, the famous walk, which has been taking place in Manchester for the last 13 years has gone virtual with a new challenge of walking 5k in a day or 10k in a week, throughout June.
The adaptation on the event meant it was open to everyone and the original walkers inspired both friends and family to take on the challenge in their own groups, ensuring they all remain safe.
The care and compassion shown to not only my mother-in-law, but for us as a family was second to none and nothing was ever too much trouble. St Ann’s allowed us to hold two small family parties which left us with amazing memories. We felt very strongly in that we wanted to give something back to say thank you, so we put a team in for the Midnight Walk, there was six of us in total, and we managed to raise over £1,000. Jodie Clayton
The following year, Jodie and her team entered with a further nine people in aid of St Ann’s and memory of her mother-in-law, raising almost £2,000. And the support didn’t stop there, in 2019, Jodie, Amanda and Sarah along with their partners Ric, Mike and Andy, held a ball for St Ann’s and raised over £14,000 for the hospice.
This year, the event is very flexible and has no age restriction, which has allowed Jodie to involve her mother-in-law’s grandchildren, that totals at eight people aged between 5 and 15.
Although it won’t be the same, we are so glad we can still take part. We’re doubtful that we will be able to do our walks together, but the team will be doing it on the same day with their families. We are very impressed with how St Ann’s have adapted to the current situation and allowed this event to still take place and raise much-needed funds. Jodie Clayton
The group have set up a target of raising £500 for St Ann’s throughout June and will be taking part in numerous activities to help raise funds of our hospices.