For fifteen years, generous Mancunians have been gathering together to see their city in the moonlight whilst raising money for St Ann’s, with funds generated by sponsorship totalling more than £2million. But, for the last two years we have had to cancel the event due to covid restrictions, with a virtual-only event taking place instead.
But this year the walk is back in the city centre, with Betfred as the headline sponsor for the 10km sponsored challenge. Walkers will set off from Manchester Cathedral at midnight on the evening of Friday 20th May, passing many of the city’s landmarks, with entertainment on route ensuring a fun-packed evening.
Walkers can take part on their own, or in a group and will also be welcomed into Manchester Cathedral for a pre-midnight party, complete with entertainment, dancing, DJ and live music.
There’s also an opportunity to reflect on the lives of loved ones with special memory lanterns which can be lit at the Cathedral before the Walk.
It’s great news that the walk is back in the city centre and it’s an honour supporting St Ann’s Hospice and the outstanding work they do. Fred Done, Betfred boss
For those unable to attend on 20th May, we’re also offering people the opportunity to take part in the Manchester Virtual Walk, a challenge which offers participants the chance to choose their own date in May to complete a 10km walk.
The virtual walk can be done at any time and place supporters wish, with some choosing to walk 1km a day for ten days, some 10km in one go, or others 10km a day for a set period of time. The challenge can be fully flexible and tailored to fit the individual’s own preferences, location and pace.
As a charity we’re so grateful to Betfred for their support of this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk. They have a long association with the hospice and are always so generous in supporting our patients, giving both financial support and their time to help us continue our work. They’ve previously supported this flagship event and we’re so proud that they’ve agreed to do so again this year as the walk returns to the city centre where it belongs. It’s really exciting that, after a few years of not being able to hold the event in the city due to covid restrictions, we’re able to gather together to hit the streets and see Manchester in the moonlight. I always feel quite emotional seeing more than a thousand people walking together in their bright yellow shirts, all raising money for the local people we care for. Please do sign up and join us, we’d love to see you there. As a charity we’ve had a challenging few years, working hard on the frontline to continue providing specialist care to local people, while also having to adapt and think on our feet as many of our fundraising events and activities were cancelled due to restrictions. We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported us in the past, and who continues to think of us too, whether that’s individuals who take part in events like this one, or who make a donation, or generous businesses like Betfred who support our patients. We can’t thank you enough. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice
Manchester Midnight Walk participants will receive a free fundraising pack and yellow t-shirt to don during their walk, and will also be sent an exclusive medal on completion.