Get ready to wander for Willow Wood Hospice

THE return of probably the biggest and best loved sponsored walk ever held in Tameside – the Willow Wood Midnight Wander – takes place on September 20.

As any of the thousands of local people who have taken part will testify, the atmosphere has always been amazing.

WILLOW WOOD MIDNIGHT WANDER. Walkers set off from Cheethams Park, Stalybridge Photo-Harry Potts.

It is as much a great night out as it is a fundraiser for the hospice. Whether you are walking as a family or with friends you will join the cheers as the countdown reaches midnight and the walk begins.

It is 10k, or around six miles, but the other walkers will keep your spirits up all the way around the route which starts and finishes at Astley Sports Village in Dukinfield.

There are no age restrictions this year so if your children want to walk with you, they will be very welcome. And, of course, men and boys can join in too.

There will be a real party atmosphere at the sports village with music, refreshments, face painters and merchandise.

As always, there will be a mass warm up before the walk to ensure everyone is raring to go. And when walkers return to the centre they will be presented with a specially designed medal and a very welcome hot breakfast bap.

T-shirts are also included in the registration fee; pink of course. And they are expecting to see plenty of pink accessories as well – feather boas, tutus and Stetsons are always popular additions.

If you would like to be involved in this fantastic fundraiser but do not feel you could take part in the walk itself, Willow Wood need volunteers for the event, particularly marshals along the route.

Chris Hayden, event organiser, said: “Our volunteer marshals are essential to the success of the Midnight Wander.

“Positioned at strategic points, they can direct the walkers, stop traffic to allow them to cross the road, and be our eyes and ears along the route.”

“If you’d like more information about volunteering on the day please contact me on chris.hayden@willowwood.info or 0161 330 7788.

“If you’d like to register for the Midnight Wander just go to www.willowwood.info and register online – it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s totally secure.”

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