Midnight Walk for hospice turns tropical
Celebrating 13 fabulous years of bringing The Midnight Walk to Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice fundraisers are giving this year’s event a tropical twist.
The popular night time sponsored walk takes place on Saturday 18 June 2022 and is an opportunity to have a great night out while raising vital funds for local people who have a life-limiting illness and their families who are cared for by Bristol charity, St Peter’s Hospice.
The charity was severely impacted by the effects of the pandemic and faced financial uncertainty, however things are now returning to normal. The shops have reopened, live events are taking place, volunteers have returned to the Hospice Inpatient Unit and visitors can enjoy a cake or two once more in the café at the Brentry site.
Chris Benson, Director of Clinical Services says: “The last couple of years have been a significant challenge for the hospice, but most importantly for our patients and their families. Caring for a loved one who is very ill is always very stressful but coping with those pressures during a pandemic when health and social care has been under so stretched makes it so much harder.
“We know that there are still many challenges in healthcare, but we are very pleased that the hospice is now in a position that we can start rebuilding some of our services that have been impacted by the pandemic such as drop in’s, in person support and group for patients and carers, and re-open our five closed beds. Whilst we have been able to support visiting throughout the pandemic, we are very happy that we are now opening up our hospice building more and will also aim to be offering more services in the community.”
The Midnight Walk starts from 8.30pm with an energetic warm up in Millennium Square. The teams set off for a five or ten mile route taking in the view of some of the great sights of Bristol including the SS Great Britain, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Harbourside before dancing the night away at a silent disco. The organisers hope to raise £30,000 from the 2022 event.
Throughout the years there’s been great support from groups stepping up for the hospice including the Wonder Widows, Julie’s Angels and Team Wudzi. Annette Jenkins from Bradley Stoke is taking part in this year’s event with her friends Claire and Jill as part of the Lovely Ladies team.
Annette says: “I’ve raised funds for the hospice previously, but it will be my first year walking The Midnight Walk. We are walking as we remember lovely Sandra, our dear friend whom we lost last year to cancer.
The Hospice also cared for Annette’s father Ken, nearly seven years ago which was a great comfort to his family. Annette explains: “Our family felt you were walking the road with us, sharing the load and our pain as Dad's health deteriorated. You welcomed him at the door of the hospice, greeted him by name, in a way that was wonderful and personal. You also enabled us to stay close by his side and use a room to rest and sleep for short periods. The atmosphere in the hospice is just lovely, so thank you for all that you are and all that you do.”
All care services are provided free of charge for patients and their families at the Hospice. This care costs around £25,000 a day. Every step taken at The Midnight Walk makes a difference for the patients and families who need the care of St Peter’s Hospice through the most difficult of times, day and night.