Three generations of a Flixton family support the Manchester Midnight Walk

The Boden family....from left, Debra, Susan and Chloe

The Boden family....from left, Debra, Susan and Chloe

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THREE generations will turn the Manchester Midnight Walk ,organised by St Ann's Hospice, into a family celebration.

The 10k walk through the city centre starts at midnight on June 20, as Chloe Boden, from Stretford, reaches her 13th birthday.

She will be joined on the charity walk by mum Debra and grandmother Susan, both registered child minders, with the trio also honouring the memory of lost loved ones.

It will be nine years to the day since the funeral of Susan's father, Duncan Nevitt Reid, who was cared for at home by the hospice.

Susan, from Flixton, lost her fiance Thomas Wilson, through pancreatic cancer late last year. The couple should have been getting married a few weeks ago.

Susan said: "Our surname is Boden so we've decided that as the three Bs we're going to dress up as bees for the walk. It'll be a nice way to start the celebrations for my granddaughter's birthday and also remember my father and fiance.

"It's the first time we've taken part in the Manchester Midnight Walk but we've been told it's a great occasion and people are walking for all sorts of reasons, not necessarily in memory of someone special in their lives."

The 10k walk starts from Manchester Central, which opens at 9pm for entertainment, and takes in famous city centre landmarks.

The walk has raised more than £1.5m for the hospice since it started seven years ago and it is expected that more than 2,000 walkers will again take part this year.

Each year St Ann’s Hospice provides free care for 3,000 patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers.

Registration costs £18, reduced to £15 for past walkers, with a fee of £10 for walkers aged 11 to 17. To register go to www.mmwalk.org.uk or call the St Ann's fundraising team on 0161 498 3631.

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