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Salford medics and police swap beat for St Ann’s Midnight Walk

Hospice doctors and local police were part of a 1,500-strong group celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Manchester Midnight Walk on Friday 24 June.

Police community support officers Angela Haydock and Janet Cassidy were back at work within hours of completing the midnight walk.

They were on shift in Swinton at 7am, just five hours after crossing the finishing line as part of GMP’s backing for St Ann’s Hospice.

St Ann's Hospice  Doctors Alison Roberts , Gursaran Purewal, Rebecca Singh Curry and Philip Lomax.

St Ann’s Hospice
Doctors Alison Roberts , Gursaran Purewal, Rebecca Singh Curry and Philip Lomax.

The Salford division has raised almost £5,200 since it started a year-long fundraising campaign in March to buy a new medical bed for the charity, having set an initial target of £3,700.

Angela, who was joined by daughter Katie on the walk, said: “We’ve already had a lot of donations from various events and were keen to do the walk in our own time. This is a great example of community engagement for a wonderful cause.”

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FREE TO USE PICTURE BY CHRIS BULL 25/6/16 St Ann's Hospice Midnight Walk 2016.

St Ann’s Hospice Midnight Walk 2016.

Heavy showers eased thankfully just as walkers set off on a 10k circuit of the city centre, past landmarks such as the Hilton Hotel, Manchester Cathedral and the Northern Quarter.

St Ann’s is hoping to raise around £180,000 from the event, bringing the total amount of donations since the walk began in 2007 to £1.8m.

Medical Director Dr Philip Lomax, Consultant Alison Roberts and Registrars Rebecca Singh Curry and Gursaran Purewal are part of the front-line team caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses on a daily basis.

The quartet raised almost £1,500 in sponsorship from the walk and were joined by several hospice colleagues.

Dr Lomax said: ” We’re all aware how much St Ann’s needs to raise funds to care for patients, their families and carers and wanted in to join in the fun on such a special night, especially as this was the 10th anniversary of the Midnight Walk.”

Rachel McMillan, acting Chief Executive at St Ann’s offered her thanks to everyone taking part, adding: “With only a third of our income coming from the NHS, events like this are so important to ensure we can continue to care for the thousands of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses who come to St Ann’s.”

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