Clinical assistant Emma Craigmyle would like to share her story of why she took part in the 2014 Midnight Wander for Willow Wood, and why she’s raising funds by doing it again in 2019.
“I’ve worked at Willow Wood for seven years now, and feel very proud and privileged to do so. It’s an amazing place; I work every day with our patients and their families, and know just how our services can help and support in so many ways.
“However, although we do not make a charge for any of our services, it does cost £7,340 every single day to provide our care and we only have funding for around 21% of that figure. That’s one reason why I, together with my partner Chris, have signed up for the Midnight Wander again. The other reason is that we had a really good time, it honestly was great fun!
“The thought of walking 10k through Tameside at midnight may seem a little daunting, especially after working during the day, but the support from the other walkers really buoys you up. We were chatting, and laughing, sharing stories about why we were walking and every one was different. Yes, some were walking in memory of a loved one who benefitted from our care, while others may not have had a personal experience, but knew of the work we do in the community. And we met some groups who were just having a great night out! It’s an excuse to wear outrageous accessories, have your face painted, do something you wouldn’t normally do and raise money for an amazing charity all at the same time.
“If you’ve any reservations about being out and about during the early hours there’s no need to worry. Willow Wood have marshals along the route, they have drivers at the front and bringing up the rear, so you know you’re totally safe and well looked after. There are also first aiders – it’s all covered!
“I’m looking forward so much to taking part in the Midnight Wander again, I really can’t say enough just what a great night it is. Please think about joining Chris, me, and hundreds of others on Friday 20 September, and help us make a real difference to the lives of so many in our community. I’m lucky; I’m privileged to be allowed into our patient’s lives and help them through difficult times. But you can help them too, please sign up for the Midnight Wander online at: www.willowwood.info now, and help us continue to care.”