Three generations take on Manchester Virtual Walk

Three generations of the Rogers family, from Great Moor in Stockport, are preparing to take on a 10km challenge in aid of local charity St Ann’s Hospice, which supports their mum and grandma Kath Rogers (68).   

The Manchester Midnight Walk has a virtual twist this year, as organisers respond creatively to the pandemic restrictions and adapt the event to ensure their biggest fundraiser of the year can continue.   

People are invited to sign up and take on the challenge to walk 10km over the hospice’s 50th birthday weekend from 14th to 17th May. Participants can choose to walk 10km in one go, or to split it into smaller chunks, and can decide to complete the distance whenever and wherever they wish.  

Kath’s daughter, Beth, said: “Our mum has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and without the hospice our family would have received very little support. St Ann’s has been everything and more over the past year. 

“We are a huge family, our mum and dad have four daughters, 9 grandchildren and twin granddaughters on the way. Myself, my sisters and our children will be walking 10km together over St Ann’s birthday weekend. We’re hoping if my mum is well enough then my dad will bring her to meet us all at the end of our walk as well. My sister Lucy would be taking part but her twins are due the week before, so she may be a little busy! 

“We weren’t initially aware that St Ann’s offered care for people with life-limiting diseases. We imagined a hospice was just for end of life care. Which they do, they are amazing, but they offer so much more as well. We will be forever grateful for the support that St Ann’s has offered our family.” 

Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive at St Ann’s said: “It’s so heart-warming to hear the positive feedback from Kath’s family about the care and support they’ve been receiving at St Ann’s, and we’re hugely grateful that they’re joining our Manchester Virtual Walk.  

“The Manchester Midnight Walk is always such an important event in our annual calendar, and we were really disappointed that we weren’t going to be able to hold the event as usual this year.  But, our reimagined Manchester Virtual Walk will be fantastic, and I’m looking forward to taking part too.  Please do join us and have some fun this month, even if you can’t take part on the birthday weekend.  The money raised will make such a huge difference to patients like Kath and their loved ones.” 

*Signs ups can be made on the website or by calling 0161 498 3631.