Sale sisters to take on Manchester Midnight Walk to honour dad

Leah and Carrie with dad Mike

The countdown is on to this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk, which will see around one thousand people hitting the city streets in support of a local charity.

St Ann’s Hospice’s flagship fundraising event is back on Friday, April 27, beginning and ending at Manchester Cathedral.

Carrie Burke and Leah Walker from Sale will be taking part for the second time, in memory of their dad, Mike, who was a patient at St Ann’s in 2016.

They say: “A difficult time was made easier for all of us by the team at St Ann’s. There was such a warm feeling when we came in. As a family, we were always made to feel so welcome and comfortable, and we were so well supported.

“St Ann’s offers much more than medical care. Dad had laughed and joked his whole life and in the hospice he could be himself again, and we could get back to being his daughters rather than his carers.

“We’ve done lots of fundraising for St Ann’s since Dad died. We’ve raised around £6,000 so far and want to carry on.

“Last year was the first time we’d taken part in the Manchester Midnight Walk.

“We did it with lots of our family and friends and it was good fun, and we’ll be there again this year. It’s our way of saying thank you for looking after our Dad.”

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “The walk is such an amazing event, and it’s incredible to see so many people joining together to raise money for our cause.

“Many walkers take part in memory of loved ones, whilst others join in simply for a night of fun and fundraising to help us raise the money we need to continue providing our services.”

Interested walkers can sign up to take part in the 10km moonlit stroll now, by visiting the website  or calling 0161 498 3631.

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