KEMP Hospice Celebrate Success of Final Midnight Walk

16th June 2018

Issue Date: 16th June 2018

Worcestershire charity KEMP Hospice are celebrating the success of their latest fundraising event as hundreds of women descended on the Wyre Forest in the middle of the night to take part in the charity’s final KEMP Midnight Walk.

Almost 300 women took part in the 5km walk through the forest, beating last year’s attendance. The ladies were first treated to a fantastic live concert featuring the hits of best-selling singer Adele, performed by word renowned tribute artist Natalie Anne Black, as well as an incredible forest disco.

The annual event has been running since 2007 and over the last decade has raised in excess of £300,000 for the Wyre Forest hospice. This weekend’s Midnight Walk marked the final one for the local charity, ahead of their 50th anniversary next year. Plans are underway already to replace it with something more spectacular and more inclusive.

Shelley Stanley, KEMP’s Event Fundraiser was overwhelmed by the success of night: “Wow! I am blown away by the amount of love and support show to KEMP Hospice tonight. We’ve been running these women-only walks for over ten years now but this year really was a magical evening. It was more than just a fundraising event, it was a chance for the women of the Wyre Forest to stand together for a common cause and raise their voices as well as money. With pledged donations we will hopefully have raised around £20,000, which will be a much needed boost for the work of KEMP. Every penny raised helps us to support more and more people here in the Wyre Forest district who are dealing with life-limiting illness or bereavement. On behalf of those people, and their families I want to thank every woman who was here this evening. What a way to end an era!”

Shelley also thanked the people that helped to make the final event a huge success: “Natalie Anne Black was stunning as Adele! It was like watching the real thing and the forest disco afterwards thanks to Phase One was just what the ladies needed to get them ready for the walk. Again, LJ Fitness put the girls through their paces with an aerobic routine, and compere Dicky Dodd was once again a star for us.. We would not have been able to hold this Midnight Walk without the support of so many local businesses, including event sponsors Oakleaf Commercial Services, Standard Motor Transport, Loxley Scaffolding, Spar Kidderminster, Vintage Bar Hire, Retro Kitchen, the staff at Wyre Forest and Forestry Commission England, Marvin Cox Lubricants, the support of fantastic local media and last but not least the incredible army of KEMP Hospice volunteers who gave up their time for us.”

Money raised from the Midnight Walk will go towards providing specialist care and support to patients, carers and families who are dealing with a life limiting illness or bereavement across the Wyre Forest district. Participants are asked to send their sponsorship money back to KEMP Hospice before July 2nd.

For information on ways to support KEMP Hospice through fundraising, event participation, challenges or volunteering visit, or call 01562 756000.