Florence calls on people to sign up to Pendleside Hospice’s Midnight Memories Walk

One of Pendleside Hospice’s longest standing supporters is calling on people to sign up to take part in the Midnight Memories Walk.

Florence Tomlinson, from Reedley, is taking part in the six-mile walk which is returning on July 7th to celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary.

The 70-year-old who will be walking with her daughter Lorretta Durkin 44, has taken part in the past five Midnight Walks, and has also taken part in Girls Night Out and the Canal Walk. And this year for the second time she will be walking as the event’s first walker.

This year to tie with the hospice’s anniversary the event will take on an 80s theme, taking walkers back to 1988 when an appeal was launched for Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle, as the hospice was formerly known.

Florence is one of the hospice’s longest standing supporters, having been instrumental in fundraising to set up the hospice along with her former colleague the late Joan Ashworth.

Florence said: “I was delighted to hear that the Midnight Memories Walk would be taking place this year and signed up straight away. The event is always lots of fun and is a great challenge that raises money for such a wonderful cause.

“I’m really pleased to be walker number one again, and this year my daughter is walker number two!

“The hospice has a special place in my heart as I’ve been involved with it since before it started. We used to make items to raise money using the scrap material we had, we made all sorts from cushions to toilet roll holders to Humpty Dumpty toys.

“I’m encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the Midnight Memories Walk to support the hospice in their 30th year – it’s a fantastic event and something that everyone can get involved in regardless of their fitness.”

The event will be started by the four-piece party band Sweet Sensation who will be belting out 80s soul, funk and disco music as part of the warm up from 8.30pm. Participants are encouraged to get into the spirit by putting on neons, tutus or leg warmers to promote the birthday celebrations.

The walk will start at midnight from Burnley Football Club, and is open to both male and females. Young people 10 years and over, can also sign up as long as those under 16 are accompanied by an adult also registered to take part.

The route will take participants from Turf Moor past Thompson Park towards Brierfield stopping by Pendleside Hospice at the half way point, where people will can take time out to remember lost loved ones in a dedicated memorial garden. Walkers will then continue on Colne Road back towards Burnley.

Everyone taking part will receive a Midnight Memories Walk t-shirt and full walker pack. 

Registration closes on the 30th June so you are encouraged to sign up now.

To find out more about the event or to register go to www.­pendleside.­org.­uk/­midnight-walk-17-01-2018.