Rotherham Hospice’s Midnight Walk nets over £61k

MILLERS legend John Breckin hailed the “mind-blowing” support for Rotherham Hospice – as it was revealed that more than £60,000 was raised by the Midnight Memory Walk.
Some of the 2023 walkers. (Pic: Jim Brailsford)Some of the 2023 walkers. (Pic: Jim Brailsford)
Some of the 2023 walkers. (Pic: Jim Brailsford)

The event made its return in June after a seven-year absence to find its popularity still strong with the charity’s supporters.

Almost 700 people took part in the early-morning wander around the streets of Rotherham, which had a new start/finish point in New York Stadium.

Hospice ambassador Breck said: “We know that times are hard but the people of Rotherham came together and did a fantastic job to support this fantastic place.

“The hospice belongs to us, the people of Rotherham, and we must keep it going.

“The walk was a great night and it’s mind-blowing to see the amount that’s been raised.”

The final total from the event came to £61,594, which the hospice hailed as “incredible”.

Sign-ups have already opened for the 2024 walk, which is set to have a new route. An early bird offer – available until the end of September – is £8 for entry, T-shirt, refreshments halfway round, a celebratory cuppa and butty at the end, and a certificate.

Breck said: “We had ten people sign up on day one, so we were soon up and running.

“It’s a year away but we are hoping everyone will spread the word.”

The hospice provides physical and emotional care for families experiencing an end-of-life illness, and needs to raise £3 million each year to fund its vital services.