Call for fundraising walkers to get sponsor money in

6 August 2012

Determined women who completed Barnsley Hospice’s charity walk despite a setback caused by the weather are being asked to get their sponsor money in. 

The sixth annual Midnight Walk took place at Stairfoot on July 21, almost a month after the original planned event had to be postponed at the last minute because of appalling weather.  

Most of the 1,200 women who had signed up for the original walk were able to take part on the night and some others completed the five or ten mile routes in their own time. 

Organiser Helen Macintosh said:  “It was awful to have needed to reschedule the walk but the safety of our walkers was paramount.  We appreciate the efforts women have made to help us make it a success despite the initial setback.

“The weather was perfect for the event in the end, especially as it was on a Hawaiian theme and women were dressed up in grass skirts, leis and coconut bras. It was a fantastic night.

“Sponsor money is coming in but, given the delay, we’d like to ask everyone to send in what they’ve raised as soon as possible now so we can announce our grand total.”

It is hoped that proceeds can top the £100,000 raised by the event last year. Money goes to the running of the hospice, at Gawber, which cares for anyone in Barnsley who has a life-threatening illness, along with their loved ones.

Barnsley Hospice has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care in its Limes Unit as well as a wide range of other services.

Every year it has to find £1.9m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m to stay open and relies heavily on volunteers, donations and sales at its nine shops around the borough. 

Many local businesses supported the event by donating cash, services, or products such as treats for the walkers en route and breakfast at the end.    

Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement.
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.
For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to:
Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257 or email

Additional media contacts: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at


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