At the stroke of midnight

PUBLISHED: 15:30 08 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:31 20 February 2013

There’s a definite 1970s theme for this year’s Iain Rennie Goodnight Walk

There’s a definite 1970s theme for this year’s Iain Rennie Goodnight Walk

Balmy summer evenings are the perfect setting for get togethers with friends and family and several hospices use this time of year to host their biggest fundraisers – their annual midnight walks...

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Fire breathers, music, dancing and flashing bunny ears will help light up a night to remember as more than 1,000 people gather to take part in the Hospice of St Francis fifth annual midnight walk. Join the party on June 11 as women, and this year men too, take to the streets between Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted dressed in the much-coveted hot pink Walk With the Stars t-shirts. Bacon butties at the finish line and a hot cuppa plus fundraising prizes for those who raise the most sponsorship plus a goody bag from Gorgeous Beauty for every walker.

Entry fee: 15, includes refreshments, t-shirt and medal.
Register now: 01442 869555,


The Peace Hospice is seeking to recruit 2,000 stars for its midnight walk on June 11. The all-female six or 13-mile walk has raised nearly 1million since its launch five years ago. Linda Topping, Chairman of the organising committee, says, Its going to be a great night and the atmosphere is going to be amazing. A lot of people are carrying out the walk in memory of a loved one but for others, its an opportunity to support their local charity. We have some great entertainment organised and I can promise that everyone will have a good time.

Entry fee: 15, includes t-shirt, plus optional 10.50 Starlight Party Pack.
Register now: 01923 330340,


On the night of June 18 disco fever will hit the streets of Amersham just over the border in Buckinghamshire as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (IRHH part of the newly-merged charity Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care) holds its fifth annual Goodnight Walk. This year the event will be held in Amersham for the last time and will be staged as the biggest 70s party in the Chilterns. Hundreds of walkers will don flares, hot pants, wigs and whacky shirts to walk through the night. The overnight Walk is open to both men and women and there will be a choice of routes with a five-mile and 10-mile option and entry fee includes chocolate, a bacon butty and a cup of tea. Prizes for the best 70s costumes.

Entry fee: 15, includes t-shirt, medal and refreshments.
Register now: 01442 890222,

St Albans

The 5th annual Midnight Walk in aid of Grove House (part of Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care) takes place on June 25, starting and ending at Westminster Lodge, St Albans. As well as the traditional 10-mile walk there will be a new five-mile route. The walk, started by Janey Lee Grace, starts at 10.30pm, ensuring walkers arrive at the refreshment stop along the route at St Albans fire station at around midnight. This year the Midnight Walk will have a real party atmosphere before the walk with a pamper tent and non-alcoholic cocktails plus goody bag and gifts from Rachel Jeffrey Jewellery and Fuchsia Pink. Prizes for people who raise the most sponsorship.

Entry fee: 15, includes t-shirt and refreshments.
Resgister now: 01727 731002,


Join Isabel Hospice for their first ever Midnight Walk on September 10. Dig out those leg warmers and join in the Awesome 80s theme for the fun 10k walk, starting at Hartham Common in Hertford, along the river into Ware and back to Hertford again.

Sponsored by Roche, the 80s themed, fun Midnight Walk promises to be a night to remember, as they will also be trying for the Guinness World Record of the furthest distance covered by a conga line and the UK Record for the longest conga line. There will be a full warm-up, entertainment on route, a BBQ and hot and cold drinks.

Entry fee: 15 per adult, 12 per child (12-16 only), includes t-shirt.
Register: 01707 382500,

St Albans

Fancy staying up all night for not just one but three local charities? Walk of Life on June 18 is an annual overnight event bringing people together to raise money for Isabel Hospice, Keech Childrens Hospice and The Willow Foundation. Sponsored teams of six or more people camp out overnight at Oaklands College, St Albans, and take it in turns to walk around the track. When youre not walking you will be thoroughly entertained and your team can take part in activities such as best fancy dress, best banner/flag, best dressed tent and more.

Entry fee: 10, includes refreshments.
Register now: 01727 737767,

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