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Manchester Midnight Walk 2008

Get your walk on, for charity

Published on April 8th 2008.

Manchester Midnight Walk 2008

Sports people, celebrities and hikers everywhere are joining together once again for the annual 10k midnight walk, to raise money for charity.

The trek, which will raise valuable funds for St Ann’s Hospice, will begin and end at the City of Manchester Stadium on Friday 23 May, and take in several city-centre landmarks along the way.

Celebrities pledging their support this year include North West Tonight’s Gordon Burns and Coronation Street’s Sue Nicholls as well as ex-Corrie star Nikki Sanderson. Sportswomen Beth Tweddle and Sarah Bailey, Phoenix Nights star and comedian Dave Spikey, and celebrity chef Simon Rimmer have all pledged their support with more celebrities joining in on the run-up to the event.

Nikki Sanderson said: “The atmosphere last year was just electric and I can’t wait to see what the turn out will be like this time. It’s very important St Ann’s gets continuous funding and the sponsorship raised through the Manchester Midnight Walk will make a big difference to thoseaffected by life-threatening illnesses in Greater Manchester.”

Last year’s Manchester Midnight Walk raised £82,000 for St Ann's Hospice. This year the walk, sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard, is aiming to raise even more funds for the region’s largest adult Hospice, a charity that depends on £16,000 in donations a day to provide free care for patients.

Terry McDonnell, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, said: “With over 1,000 participants, last year’s walk was a huge success and we intend to top it in 2008. In total, the Hospice needs over £9m every year to offer its wide range of services, of which only 35% is received from governmentfunding. As the remainder is raised through donations, we need people to join in and help keep this vital charity running for the benefit of the Manchester community.”

Registration costs £15 and includes a t-shirt, goody bag and a medal. For more information on how to register for the Manchester Midnight Walk please visit here or call 0161 498 3631.

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