Last Saturday (24 June), over 500 people from the local community took to the streets for a ten-mile walk at midnight to raise money for people and families facing life-limiting illness.
The 11th Midnight Walk for Katharine House Hospice is expected to raise almost £70,000, taking the total raised for Banbury’s local hospice over the last 11 events to almost £1 million.
Chris Higgins, Communications Officer at Katharine House, said;
‘This year’s Midnight Walk was our best event yet, and to have over 500 people out in force and raising money shows just how much support there is for local hospice care.
The need for Katharine House’s services is growing all the time. Whether it’s people staying in our hospice at the end of their lives, people who need support to live with their illness in their own homes or in a care home, or children, teenagers, and adults who need help coming to terms with the loss of someone special, the money raised at this year’s walk will make a real difference to the lives of local families.
We have to raise £10,000 every day to provide our services, and we simply couldn’t carry on supporting the people who need us without the fantastic support of local people who fundraise with their Midnight Walks, marathons, cake sales and other events. A huge thank you to all who took part – it’s greatly appreciated by staff and patients at the hospice.’
Many of those who took part in the walk have a connection with the hospice, and chose to join the event in memory of friends or family members who have been care for by Katharine House. Others may not have direct experience of the hospice’s services, but took part because of the work the hospice does for local people.
Simon took part in the walk in memory of his father who recently passed away at the hospice in Adderbury;
‘When my Dad was diagnosed with cancer he was given six months to live. The care and support he – and us as a family – received from Katharine House was amazing. What should have been a horrible and painful time for him was made much more peaceful and bearable by the hospice staff. You can never really explain to someone how terrible it is to see your own dad facing such a horrible illness. But you also can’t put in to words how much of a relief it is to know that he’s in a safe place and is being looked after so that he can enjoy his last few months with his family.
I took part in the walk in memory of him and to raise as much money as I could for Katharine House. The care they give is always free, and despite his terminal cancer, they actually gave my dad his life back. I’ll be forever grateful to them for that and giving me the memory of him smiling all the way to the end.’
If you weren’t able to take part in the Midnight Walk this year, but would like to donate to support Katharine House’s work or find out more about upcoming events, you can visit www.khh.org.uk