Get set to hit streets for return of Midnight Walk

Toll Bar residents take part in the Midnight Walk in their pyjama's. Back L-R are Thelma Howard, Ann Trotter, Megan Harvey, 12, Stacey Anderson, and Amanda Anderson. Front L-R are Karen Whitehead, Elisha Howard, and Amy Kelleher, 19. Picture: Liz Mockler D7456LM
Toll Bar residents take part in the Midnight Walk in their pyjama's. Back L-R are Thelma Howard, Ann Trotter, Megan Harvey, 12, Stacey Anderson, and Amanda Anderson. Front L-R are Karen Whitehead, Elisha Howard, and Amy Kelleher, 19. Picture: Liz Mockler D7456LM
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It’s time to pull on your boots and put your best foot forward as an annual charity spectacular strides back into Doncaster.

The annual Midnight Walk fundraising extravaganza will return to the town later this month – and volunteers are now being sought to dig out their trainers, brave the cold and dark, and do their bit for cancer charities.

Walkers of all ages will be pounding the paths around the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday, October 17, in the yearly money-spinner in aid of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

Carol Spiller, of the DCDT, one of the organisers, said: “Please get a sponsorship form, ask family, friends and colleagues to support you, and head on into the walk.

“All of the money raised will help people in Doncaster who have cancer.”

In previous years those taking part, clutching candles and torches, have donned onesies and colourful pyjamas to keep out the cold during the one-and-a-half mile trek, setting off on the stroke of midnight around the water at Lakeside.

Those to have taken part over the years include the mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones and the town’s Afghanistan war hero Ben Parkinson.

This year’s event will set off from the doors of Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium, with sign in for those joining the stroll from 10.45pm.

Participants are urged to take part in fancy dress, and the competition for the top costumes will be judged at 11.40pm before walkers head out into the night.

Registration is £5 for individuals and £10 for groups with prizes available for the best fancy dress outfits.

Sponsor forms are available now from Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust at 18A Priory Place, Tom Wood florists at 19 Printing Office Street, The Blue Building on the High Street, and the customer services desk at the Frenchgate Centre.

Walkers can take part in normal clothes, fancy dress or pyjamas and are invited to bring pet dogs along to join in too.

All walkers are asked to raise sponsorship money for the DCDT.

The DCDT spends money raised from fundraising events such as the Midnight Walk to buy specialist equipment to help cancer patients, and is currently also supporting the St John’s Hospice Development Appeal - which is raising £500,000 towards the £1.8 million redevelopment of the hospice.

For further details on how to take part, or sign up for the walk, call 01302 325029 or 07950 798 885 or email info@dcdt.co.uk