Picture gallery: Sea of pink at Midnight Beach Walk
PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 September 2011 | UPDATED: 09:45 29 September 2011
HUNDREDS of excited women, in an array of pink fancy-dress costumes, headed to Weston seafront on Saturday night for Weston Hospicecare's Midnight Beach Walk.
More than 820 women took to Uphill beach and the seafront, with hundreds of flashing, pink bunny ears and glow-sticks to light their way.
Walkers gathered together for a minute’s silence, led by the Weston Hospicecare chaplain Karen Murphy, while glowing candle bags with personal messages for loved ones lit the route along the sand.
Francesca Fowell, aged 18, of Mayfield Avenue, Worle was among the sea of pink which dispersed along the beach. Francesca’s grandmother died at the hospice earlier this year and she completed the walk with her mum, two sisters and brother’s girlfriend.
She said: “It was a short walk which will help so many lives.”
The event and hundreds of dedicated women enabled the hospice to reach its £60,000 target.
Carole Perry, of Worle, turned up to walk in memory of her husband Arthur who died five weeks ago, along with her daughter, granddaughter and niece.
She said: “Arthur’s wish was for us to give Weston Hospicecare a donation so we are so happy to be able to donate £2,000.
“Arthur was treated like a king during his stay. I wish more people knew how special Weston Hospicecare is and its importance for both patients and their families.”
The night was particularly poignant for Naomi Starling, aged 55, from Weston who took part with friends Sylvia Broomhall and Belinda Barnard. The group walked on the promenade rather than the beach so Naomi could use a wheelchair.
Sylvia said: “Naomi already had ovarian cancer and last September did the midnight walk and she was then diagnosed with a brain tumour and only given a few months to live, but she was desperate to do it again this year.”
The Ketones, a band made up of doctors and nurses from Weston General Hospital, played for almost two hours before the event.
Within the hour the first women crossed the finish line to be greeted by cheering volunteers who handed out their medals and goody bags.
Kaya Evans, junior fundraiser at Weston Hospicecare said: “Once again, the event was fantastic and the atmosphere was electric. Thank you to all the daughters, sisters, mums, grandmothers, aunties, cousins and friends who make this event so fantastic.
“And of course thank you to all the companies and local businesses who have supported the hospice and in particular the Midnight Beach Walk including our sponsors Howards.”