KIRKWOOD HOSPICE MIDNIGHT MEMORY WALK
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2013 Midnight Memory Walk. Your total fundraising pledge of £71,000 will help Kirkwood Hospice immensely. All the money raised goes directly to the Hospice, helping to provide specialist palliative care for patients and families across Kirklees with life-limiting illnesses.
WHILE most people were tucked up in bed almost 1,000 gallant fundraisers braved the rain to strike out on a midnight stroll in memory of their loved ones.
Starting out from the John Smith's Stadium, the Kirkwood Hospice Midnight Memory Walk featured a 10-mile loop around the streets of Huddersfield.
The crowd began to gather in eager anticipation way before the start of the event and were entertained by Surefire Contemporary Circus Theatre who wowed walkers with a mesmerising LED light show.
TAP Events were also on hand to get people in the party spirit.
Lucy Penrose guided the crowd through an energetic warm-up routine before the walk got under way.
Kirk Wood, the Dalton hospice's champion and Duncan the Dragon delighted young and old with their antics throughout the evening.
As the clock struck its magical midnight chime a huge cheer went up as a symbolic balloon release officially signaled the start of the 2013 Midnight Memory Walk.
Hospice fundraiser Emily Kennedy, who organised this year's event, was delighted by the number of people who turned out to walk in memory of a loved one.
"The walkers who turn up to walk en masse every year really make this event special," she said.
"The Midnight Memory Walk is one of the hospice's major events and to see so many people enjoying the atmosphere and sharing stories of loved ones is amazing."
annual Midnight Memory Walk has now been running for seven years.
The event attracts walkers from across the world each year and 2013 was no different.
Participants from Australia, Ireland, Hertfordshire and Northumberland all made the journey to remember a relative or loved one.
All the money raised goes directly toward providing specialist palliative care for patients and families across Kirklees with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart failure and motor-neuron disease.
To see all of the images that I took on the night please go to: http://www.markflynnphotography.com/kirkwoodhospicemidnightwalk
Read more: Examiner http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2013/06/24/hundreds-pound-the-streets-of-huddersfield-for-kirkwood-hospice-midnight-memory-walk-picture-gallery-86081-33515656/#ixzz2YwRviN9a