One of the borough’s biggest and best loved fundraising events is returning as part of Willow Wood’s twentieth anniversary celebrations – the Midnight Wander.
There was always an incredible atmosphere as the pink-clad Wanderers set off on the 10km walk at the stroke of midnight. At its peak, over 1,900 walkers took part, and as Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “I’ve been asked since I joined Willow Wood if it’s coming back, and I can tell you that online registration is now open for our Midnight Wander on Friday 20 September.
“We’re aiming to make this the biggest and best ever, and it’s open to everyone, men, women, boys and girls. There are no age restrictions, so the whole family can join in. Although we are providing special T shirts, we do hope that everyone will get in the spirit of the Wander and dress up. Anything goes – so long as it’s pink!’
While the main elements of the walk will remain the same, this year it will set off and finish at the Astley Sports Centre, who are very kindly sponsoring the event. There’ll be face painters, music, food and merchandise stalls and a raffle before the walk starts, plus a mass warm up session to get everyone raring to go. On arrival back at the Centre, walkers will be presented with a medal and a very welcome hot breakfast bap.
Chris said: “We do know that it can be difficult for some people to raise sponsorship so we can provide one of our themed fundraising cards, which enables you to easily raise £100 – plus a cash prize for the winning answer. The Midnight Wander is a very important part of our fundraising calendar, as we need over £6,800 each and every day to maintain our services, and the registration fee only covers the costs of the event. We’re also offering to refund the fee for those who raise over £250; our super supporters!”
Those who have taken part in the Midnight Wander before will know just how much fun it is, with many supporters attending every one of the walks between 2007 and 2015, and Willow Wood staff and volunteers are really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces on the night. If you’d like to be involved but don’t want to take part in the walk itself, could you be a marshal along the route?
Contact Chris to find out more at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring 0161 330 7788. And for everyone who does want to be part of the Pink Parade, register now by going to www.willowwood.info – there’s an early bird discount until the end of March.