Family and friends of the lady who first inspired St Luke’s first Midnight Walk event 13 years ago will be taking part in the event next month in her memory.
Back in 2005 Claudia McLaughlan, who was a patient at St Luke’s Hospice, had applied to take part in the Moon Walk in London but did not get a place.
She suggested that St Luke’s create its own fundraising walk closer to home so that she could take part, and the Midnight Walk was born.
Sadly, Claudia didn’t live to take part in the Midnight Walk, but her legacy was a ladies-only walk that has already raised more than £2.5 million for St Luke’s Hospice and inspired over 100 hospices to create night walks of their own.
Jane Thompson, head of event management at St Luke’s, commented: “Claudia would have been so proud, and would have loved to see the vibrant event that the Midnight Walk has become, knowing that it supports the care of patients and their families at St Luke’s.
“We are delighted that to mark ten years since Claudia’s death, at the age of just 55, her family and friends are coming together to walk and celebrate her life and the amazing gift she gave St Luke’s Hospice in inspiring the Midnight Walk.”
Claudia’s daughter Joanna McLaughlan said: “We are delighted that our mum has inspired St Luke’s and so many other hospices around the country.
“We know that she would be very honoured to have made such a difference to so many people’s lives.”
The Midnight Walk is taking place on Saturday 30th June and is either a 13-mile or 6-mile walk around the streets of Crewe and Nantwich.
It is St Luke’s biggest single fundraiser, raising around £175,000 each year.
Jane Thompson added: “Every year we need at least 1,000 ladies and girls to join us and so far this year numbers are looking a little low.
“We are appealing for ladies to get together with their friends and family and pull on their leg warmers for this year’s Midnight Walk which has a 1980s theme!
“Please support your local hospice and help us reach that magic 1,000 walkers.
“Whether you walk in memory of a loved one, like Claudia’s friends and family, or for the challenge and fun of a special evening, you will be raising vital funds to continue to support patient care at St Luke’s.”
For more information and to register for the Midnight Walk please visit www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/midnightwalk
Photo caption: (L-R) Clare Jones, Helen Jones, Michaela McLaughlan (Claudia’s daughter) and Rachael Barrie are in training for St Luke’s Midnight Walk