Stewart Fleming has more family links with St Ann’s Hospice than most.

His mum Margaret, from Bredbury, died in the hospice in January. Margaret (64) had lung cancer.

His late grandparents Kitty and Frank were also patients there years ago.

In addition, Stewart’s wife Louise is Volunteer Manager at St Ann’s where she has worked for the last 12 years.

The couple are taking part in the Manchester Midnight Walk on Friday, April 26, raising £1,500 through sponsorship from the 10km city centre stroll.

Each year the charity’s flagship fundraising event draws walkers from across the region, many participating in memory of loved ones, others doing it just for fun.

Louise, whose mum Breda Johnson is one of around 740 hospice volunteers, said: “St Ann’s looked after Stew’s mum in her final few weeks.

“Her biggest fear was being in pain or alone at the end and the hospice made sure she was comfortable and that we were all with her. The compassion and support was amazing and we can never thank them enough.”

The walk from midnight starts and ends at Manchester Cathedral. The atmosphere inside this iconic venue starts building from 9 pm with musical entertainment. Refreshments are available.

* Interested walkers can sign up by visiting or call 0161 498 3631.

* To sponsor Louise and Stewart, please visit