Midnight is the time to glow on hospice walk

Team VAH at the end of the Midight Glow Walk in aid of the Hospice of St Francis. Photo by Nick Bright.

Team VAH at the end of the Midight Glow Walk in aid of the Hospice of St Francis. Photo by Nick Bright.

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Hundreds of men, women and children set Hemel alight with glowsticks during The Hospice of St Francis’ ninth annual Midnight Walk.

Nearly 600 walkers set off from Hemel Hempstead School at 10pm on Saturday, June 27, weaving through Boxmoor and Apsley to Gadebridge and Chaulden on personal challenges to complete the new five or 10-mile routes – many in memory of someone special.

More than £65,000 is expected to be raised.

The first 10-mile walker back was postman Garry Stephens from Gadebridge, who used his knowledge of the roads to power-walk his way to the finish line as part of fellow walker and Heart Angel Michelle Pett’s 40 for 40 team.

Garry was second last year and was walking for the third time in memory of his auntie.

Mums and daughters, groups of friends, families and work colleagues from all over Herts and Bucks took part, navigating the flats, downhill stretches and challenging uphills of the walk, showing great spirit, commitment and camaraderie.

The six-strong team from VAH DIY store in Berkhamsted enjoyed their first walk, with team leaders Naresh and Hansa Govindia.

Lots of youngsters took part this year – Daisy Oblein, 11, from Boxmoor, was the first over-10 back in a speedy two hours, 40 minutes.

Visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/mudpack for details of the next big fundraising event the Mud Pack Challenge.