UPDATED: Hundreds of Midnight Walkers raise £70,000 for hospice

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More than 740 women took part in the Midnight Walk in Aylesbury on Saturday in aid of the Florence Nightingale Hospice.

It was the event’s fourth year and is the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Florence Nightingale Midnight Walk 2013

Florence Nightingale Midnight Walk 2013

Many of the women wore pink flashing bunny ears, making for a spectacular sight for any passing late-night reveller or motorist.

Sam Heggie, marketing manager for Florence Nightingale Hospice, said: “£70,000 was pledged on the night, which is up on last year, so a huge thank you to all our walkers, their friends and family who have kindly sponsored them.

“It was a very warm evening so we made sure walkers had water before they set off, along the route and when they got back to their finishing points – either Aqua Vale for six-milers or Aylesbury College for 13-milers.”

There were also pit-stops, including an extra one this year at the Watermead Inn at around the four mile point.

Florence Nightingale Midnight Walk 2013

Florence Nightingale Midnight Walk 2013

Sam said: “Our first six-mile walkers crossed the finish line at Aqua Vale at 1.22am with our first 13-milers making it to Aylesbury College at 3.03am, which is an incredible time for both considering the balmy conditions.

“A big well done to all the ladies who took part. Our final group of 13-mile ladies came in at 5.15am to huge applause and lots of cheering from the waiting crowd.

“The atmosphere was electric, so we have to say a massive thank you to all the local business supporters who lent their support on the night, to the marshalls from Buckinghamshire Freemasons and local Rotarian groups, to husbands and partners of those walking.

“We simply could not have done this event without their amazing support.”

The hospice fundraisers are now looking ahead to 2014 which will be a poignant year for the Florence Nightingale Hospice as they celebrate 25 years of hospice care.