New date for Barnsley Hospice charity walk

12 July 2012

Barnsley Hospice’s annual night-time walk will go ahead on July 21- almost a month after it had to be postponed because of bad weather.  

Around 1,400 women were due to have taken part in the Midnight Walk on June 23, but it was called off on that night because the site at Grange Lane, Stairfoot, was water-logged with a forecast for further torrential rain. 

The event has now been rescheduled for midnight on July 21 with the majority of walkers who originally signed up able to participate. Supporters are aiming to top the £100,000 raised by the event last year.

Organiser Helen Macintosh said:  “It was extremely disappointing to have had to postpone the walk last month. We didn’t take the decision lightly but the safety of our walkers was paramount. Happily most of our walkers can make this second date, and we know their enthusiasm will make it a success.  

“It’s not too late to join in for anyone who didn’t register first time around. They can simply turn up on the night from 9pm and sign up.”

The event, in its sixth year, is on a Hawaiian theme and women will dress up in grass skirts, leis and coconut bras.

Proceeds 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.

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

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.  

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

Alternatively, ring Helen Macintosh on 01226 323622 or at

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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