The girls are back in town for the annual Midnight Wander for Willow Wood and this year the event is back on a Friday – the traditional night for a girls night out. For the sixth year running Ashton-under-Lyne based Willow Wood Hospice has launched the ever popular “Midnight Wander” and is hoping that the event will again be as successful as previous years.
John Fellowes Head of Fundraising said “We’ve moved the “Wander” back to a Friday, following last year’s Saturday trial, as we were told in no uncertain terms that Friday night is the traditional girl’s night out and who am I to argue with the girls! Another change for 2012 is we have listened to our “wanderers” and we will be going back to the “old” route”.
This annual Ladies only event, will start at midnight on Friday 13th July and will take in parts of Stalybridge, Ashton, Dukinfield and Hyde before returning to the start and finish point in Cheethams Park Stalybridge.
John continued by saying “and I would ask that any lady who may be superstitious not to worry and to be put off by the Friday 13th date – ladies will actually be walking on Saturday 14th
Hospice Matron, Karen Vallantine, who is hoping to do the Wander again this year, said “Last year, nearly 900 women took part raising over £70k to help us provide our specialist care to the people of Tameside and Glossop. This was a tremendous boost to our financial needs and I, and my nurses, are extremely grateful to everyone for their support.
Karen continued “The Midnight Wander is such a fun way of supporting the hospice and it would be wonderful if we could beat last year’s total but we can only do that if ladies sign up and walk with us on the night.”
Another change this year’s is the Registration fee has been reduced £12.50 and Budding Wanderers who would like to register can do so either on line at www.willowwood.info/midnightwander, by calling the Hospice Appeals Office on 0161 330 7788 or by picking up a registration form at any one of the hospice shops.
Finally John said “If you are thinking of doing a sponsored event this year then the Midnight Wander is the one for you. Apart from the absolutely sensational atmosphere on the evening, both at the start and all along the route, you will be joining hundreds of like minded ladies, many of whom are walking in memory of loved ones but all of whom are helping the Hospice provide vital care for local people.”
The event has attracted valuable support from Tameside Radio, Tesco’s, Tameside MBC, Northern Tool Hire, Challenger Site Services, Raynet Communications and Greater Manchester Police