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25 Jun 2019 Community

Kirklees community pull together at the Midnight Memory Walk

Last Saturday, 1,410 walkers from across Kirklees and beyond came together to make the 2019 Midnight Memory Walk our biggest and best yet.

This year’s Midnight Memory Walk raised a record breaking £148, 796 to support the vital care Kirkwood provide for anyone affected by life limiting illnesses across Kirklees, when and where they need it. Families and friends came together to walk six or ten miles last Saturday in memory of their loved ones, here are some of their stories:

10-year-old, Holly-Marie Greenwood, along with her dad, Gareth, and one-year-old sister, Rosie-May, laced up and walked six miles at their favourite fundraising event.

This year is Holly-Marie’s second experience of the Midnight Memory Walk and she brought her younger sister along to be part of the fun.

Holly-Marie, Rosie-May and Gareth waiting for the excitment to begin

 

Holly-Marie said: “I wanted to take part in the walk because it’s a fun event, I like meeting up with new people.”

Gareth has been taking part in the walk for the last 10 years and over this time, he has collected every hoodie and T-shirt the event has offered!

Family and friends, Emma Parsons, Yvonne Dando and Kath Vant, along with her daughter, Katie Vant and friend, Holly Thompson, also took part in the walk late last Saturday night.

The group brought along their dog, Violet, and walked the six mile route in memory of their loved ones.

Yvonne, Emma, Kath, Katie, Holly and Violet

 

They said: “We’re doing the walk in memory of all those we have lost. It’s such a good cause and so many people come together. It brings it home, the amount of people here that are remembering someone close to them.”

Emma added: “I’m also a Community Matron in Kirklees and we regularly use Kirkwood for its advice. It’s an amazing service.”

Abigail Heppinstall, of Milnsbridge, completed the walk for the third time and brought family member, Judith Coyne, of Deighton, along for her first ever Midnight Memory Walk.

Judith celebrated her birthday on Saturday 22nd June, making the event a special evening for her and they celebrated in style with their fancy dress.

The pair took part in the walk in memory of Abigail’s dad and great uncle. Abigail’s dad was cared for by Kirkwood at the end of his life in 2017.

Abigail and Judith ready to take on the Midnight Memory Walk in style

 

Abigail said: “We managed to get Dad into the Hospice just before he died. Kirkwood was like a home from home.

“He was brain dead when he arrived so it was really about supporting the family and the time we had with him. Now, we’re going to try and do all we can for Kirkwood. I can’t personally help people, but if I can raise money it’s my way of helping.

“At the Midnight Memory Walk, we’re all here for the same reason. Everyone is so friendly.”

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