More than a thousand women step out for Barnsley Hospice

20 June 2012

More than a thousand women will walk through the night to raise vital funds for Barnsley Hospice this Saturday (June 23rd). The ‘Midnight Walk’ will see grandmas, mums, daughters and friends stepping out together when the clock strikes twelve. Many of the intrepid fundraisers will be dressed in grass skirts, leis and coconut bras in keeping with the Hawaiian theme of this year’s event.

The fundraiser will start and finish at a fun-packed event site on Grange Lane, Stairfoot, and walkers have chosen to take either a five or ten mile route around Barnsley.

Organiser Helen Macintosh said “Nearly 1200 women have signed up already to take part this year and it is still not too late to join in. Women can just come along on the night any time after 9pm and register there and then.

“It is always a fun event. We also have a few items of Hawaiian merchandise left for sale and they will be available on the night too. We have T-shirts, grass skirts and leis – but have sold out of coconut bras!”

Now in its sixth year, it is hoped the women’s efforts this year, together with those of local supporters and businesses, will help top the £100,000 raised by the event in 2011.

Proceeds will go 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.

It has to find £1.9m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m every year and relies heavily on volunteers, donations and sales at its nine shops around the borough.
For more information about the walk, go to or call Helen on 01226 323622 or email

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to:
Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 077 8740 8257 or email

Alternatively, ring Helen Macintosh on 01226 323622 or at

Additional media contacts: Steph Pollard on 0776 196 4492 or at or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at
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.

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