Butterwick Hospice has held its fourth Midnight Walk around Stockton Riverside on Saturday, with most ladies taking part in the event walking either 5k or 10k. Walkers set off from Queen’s Campus, Durham University walking to The Millennium Bridge, along Stockton Riverside down to the Tees Barrage then following the pathways around the riverside back to the Campus.
We were blessed with great weather all day and it turned out to be a perfect dry, clear night The ladies ranged from 7 year olds Jessica McCabe up to 79 year old Doreen Everson who completed her third Midnight Walk around the Riverside, completing two laps of the course.
The event was again a huge success thanks to the help of local people & organisations. The Hospice would like to thank Durham University, Stockton Campus for allowing us to use of the Waterside restaurant for event registration and post event refreshments with staff giving up their time to provide the well deserved bacon sandwiches for walkers. There was also a large team of first aiders, kindly provided by TVES, and luckily no injuries on the night! David Lloyds provided support by leaving their flood lights on overnight which provided extra lighting, Local band The Tenants had every dancing before the walk night and The 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, Catterick and all our Butterwick volunteers who marshalled on the evening without this help the event couldn’t go ahead.
Victoria Rogers, Event Fundraiser at the hospice said “We had such a good night, the atmosphere was amazing! And the best news is that we had 480 walkers and over £48,000 was pledged on the evening! I would like to thank all the ladies who came along and took part, and have helped to raise such a fantastic amount.”
Butterwick Hospice in Stockton provides palliative care services to the whole of the Stockton Borough. The Hospice provides a 10 bed in-patient unit and 4 days a week of day care for up to 20 patients a day.
The Hospice has particular expertise in controlling the symptoms of life threatening illnesses such as pain or nausea and provides many additional beneficial services to its patients and their loved ones including complementary therapies, family support, counselling and bereavement care.
All services are provided completely free of charge to ensure that Hospice care is available to everyone but costs £3.7m to run and this funding is met by fundraising and donations. Butterwick Hospice maintains high standards of patient care and fundraising is a vital and essential element of ensuring the Hospice is always there to serve the community.