Men, women and children lit up the Aylesbury night on Saturday with bunny ears and fairy lights as they took to the streets for the annual Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Midnight Walk.

590 people registered for the Walk this year, of which 15% were men and boys, making this the most popular year for the event since 2015. It’s an event that brings the whole community together, with Marshals coming from Buckinghamshire Masons and local businesses such as ACCO Brands, acar2go and Aquavale, and Walker teams from local youth clubs, businesses and the NHS as well as hundreds of individuals walking with friends and family.

The feedback on the event has been fantastic, with the men who took part for the first time really enjoying it.

“I wish I’d worn a tutu to go with my pink T-shirt. All the men made such an effort dressing up,” said Shaun Berry, who did the Walk with partner Sharon Adams and her children Emily and Alfie, and a team of friends and family members. “I completed the 10 miles, my feet hurt a bit but such a great atmosphere throughout the whole Walk,” he said.

“There was such an amazing atmosphere before the start,” said Sharon. “It was lovely to see a river of pink T-shirts and flashing bunny ears. I completed the 5 miles in good time and enjoyed my bacon sandwich and cup of tea when we got back!”

“A huge thank you to all our volunteers who marshalled, and served breakfast and registered people on Saturday,” said Jo Turner, Head of Fundraising at Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. “It really wouldn’t be possible without them all, and we would not raise as much money for the Hospice without the donations and sponsorship from companies like acar2go, Dayla, Hirebase, Home Tiles and many more, and without the kindness of Aylesbury College who let us use their building and grounds for free.”

The money raised by Midnight Walkers makes a huge contribution to enable Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity to continue to provide services to patients with life-limiting illnesses at the Hospice and at home, and so far Walkers have raised just over half of the Midnight Walk target of £50,000, so please keep your sponsorship coming in!