More than 1,200 walkers helped by 200 volunteers lit up the streets of Nantwich and Crewe during the St Luke’s Hospice 10th Midnight Walk.

Hundreds of ladies set off from Reaseheath College in Nantwich after a two-hour stage show by Redshift Radio.

They all walked by the ladders of memory candles, which allowed a reflective and moving tribute for ladies who were walking in memory of lost loved ones.

Helped by laughter, singing and banter with stewards and police, the walkers tackled one of two courses – a testing 6.5 miles or a gruelling 13.1 miles.

Becci Gater and Jessica with Farley the poodleThey were rewarded with refreshments at MMU campus in Crewe before being turned around to do it all again on their return to Reaseheath.

Hundreds of residents, many in night clothes, came out of their homes to encourage the walkers along and some shops and businesses opened to offer extra toilet breaks and bonus refreshments.

The walkers crossed the finishing line to a well-deserved medal, a cooked breakfast and the knowledge that between them they had pledged over £145,000 to the hospice.

Jane Thompson, head of event management at St Luke’s Hospice Cheshire, said: “Thank you to everyone involved in our 10th Midnight Walk.

“With monies already raised and the addition of gift aid, local hospice care should benefit by over £175,000.

“This fantastic sum of money will provide 23 full days of hospice care for our community.”

“Walkers and volunteers came from every town – Northwich, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach, Alsager, Audlem and even Llandudo!”

Those inspired by the walk who would like to support St Luke’s can join the Cholmondeley Castle “Run or Dye” 5km event on August 2, where St Luke’s are the chosen charity partner.

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Midnight Walk Nantwich Town Centre

Wendy Ridgard, Lynn Tomlinson and Linda Aitken finish line

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