2 July 2017

Thousands of women painted Plymouth City Centre neon on Saturday, as they took part in St Luke’s Neon Midnight Walk.

The annual St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Midnight Walk, sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, left a fluorescent glow on the city as over 1700 women donned neon t shirts and face paint to raise money for people with life-limiting illnesses in the local area.

The women set off from the new location of the Piazza, Armada Way, following an energetic hip hop based warm up from Street Factory, a not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

Dressed head to toe in neon with plenty of glow sticks and party tunes to guide them through the night, the ladies took on three routes of either 3, 6 or 13.1 miles, culminating back at the Piazza in the early hours.

The walk even included a choice of diversion, a trip on The Plymouth Sound or a journey through the Barbican in style. The ladies either enjoyed a boat cruise from Plymouth Boat Trips, which ferried the women across the water from Queen Anne’s Battery to the historic Barbican Quarter of Sutton Harbour, or a bus provided by Plymouth City Bus, taking ladies through the Barbican, both to the sound of party music to make their big night out complete.

As the ladies crossed the finish line they received a goody bag, their well deserved medals and a glass of bubbly, to plenty of hugs and cheers.
It was a family outing for Alison Scott. Joined by Lynda, Hollie and Sharon from Beacon Park and dressed in neon yellow, these ladies took on three mile challenge. “We’re walking in memory of my Dad who passed away this year” said Alison. “My Dad was cared for by the St Luke’s crisis team, so dad could remain at home in his last few days. Dad wanted to be at home and St Luke’s made it possible providing round the clock nursing care, we can’t thank them enough for what they did.”

Tara Smith was part of a group of seven from the co-op on Albert Road, Devonport. “We had a massive bucket in work, and our kind customers have helped us raise over £1,000 for this amazing cause. They did us proud, thank you.” Taking on the six mile route, Tara added, “It was a good laugh, we all enjoyed it. There is so much positivity here tonight, so many people know someone who has had cancer and received care by St Luke’s, it’s not about been sad, it’s about remembering and celebrating the life of some very special people.”

Raising over £100, Natalie Powell from St Budeaux said, “I really ,really enjoyed it, it had a real party atmosphere. For me the toughest bit on the 13.1 miles was going up Alma Road, but once you got your pace and got it the run of things, it was absolutely brilliant. The marshals were absolutely fantastic, people clapping and cheering you en route, taxi drivers tooting their horns it really makes you want to do it quicker.”

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “The Midnight Walk was once again a fantastic success, it was brilliant to see so many women of all ages joining together to walk for St Luke’s, raising money for end of life care in their local community. Thank you to everyone who took part and please don’t forget to get your sponsorship money in so your walk can really make a difference.”

St Luke’s would like to thank everyone that took part, contributed, donated or volunteered to help make the night what it was, including; Nash & Co Solicitors, Plymouth City Council, PL1 Events, Powwow TV, Street Factory, Heart Radio, Sainsbury’s Armada Way, Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth City Bus, Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response Team, Rapid Relief Team Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Roaming Bike Marshals, Costa Coffee Marsh Mills and Armada Way, McDonalds Marsh Mills, Friary Mill, House of Fraser, Yellowbird Media, Vospers, YGS Landscapes, PH Group, Portlebay Popcorn, Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club, Crownhill Methodist Church, Plymouth Argyle, EE, Department of Working Pensions, Plymouth Trophyman, Plymouth University, Brandon’s Tool Hire, Plymouth Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Queen Anne’s Battery, PRS Licensing, OTM Services and FR Systems.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.