MK Midnight Moo: More than 1,300 ladies walk ten miles for Willen Hospice

Ladies limber up ahead of the MK Midnight Moo
Ladies limber up ahead of the MK Midnight Moo

The seventh MK Midnight Moo saw more than 1,300 ladies hit the streets of Milton Keynes to do an impressive ten mile walk.

On Saturday, women wearing fancy dress, facepaint (and comfy shoes) followed a route around the city overnight to raise vital funds for Willen Hospice.

High Sheriff of Bucks, Francesca Skelton, with MK Citizen's Amanda Devlin, Iain Stewart MP and MKFM's Lia Christodoulou

High Sheriff of Bucks, Francesca Skelton, with MK Citizen's Amanda Devlin, Iain Stewart MP and MKFM's Lia Christodoulou

“It was definitely the best one ever,” said Paul Hinson, chief executive of Willen Hospice.

“It was so impressive to see them all - not just doing the physical task - but how they had got themselves all dressed up for the occasion.

“To see the commitment of all the walkers was very humbling and I thank them all for taking part.”

In February this year the Citizen launched a campaign to raise cash for the hospice to stay open after its annual funding was threatened during council budget cuts.

MK Citizen's Amanda Devlin and Lia Christodoulou from MKFM

MK Citizen's Amanda Devlin and Lia Christodoulou from MKFM

The total amount raised from Saturday’s event is not yet known, but since MK Midnight Moo’s launch in 2009, ladies have raised over £800,000 in aid of local hospice care.

Citizen reporter Amanda Devlin joined in on the fun with MKFM’s Lia Christodoulou to support Willen Hospice.

Amanda said: “It felt very surreal walking through Milton Keynes in the dead of night - especially when one of the walkers started singing a Frozen song at the top of her voice as we walked along a dual carriageway.

“It was tough at times, but thanks to the fantastic volunteers who cheered us all the way along, we did it!

“I hope a huge amount of money has been raised for the hospice.”

Although most of the walkers’ feet will still be hurting from Saturday, Willen Hospice is already looking ahead to next year’s event.

Mr Hinson added: “The MK Midnight Moo might be over for another year, but it never stops because you can now go to our website and sign up to take part in 2016.”