4:00pm Friday 25th May 2012
SLIMMERS will be walking to lose weight while at the same time piling on the pounds raising funds for charity.
More than a dozen members of the Slimming World group have entered the Manchester Midnight Walk on Saturday, June 16, in aid of St Ann’s Hospice.
The slimmers, who meet every Thursday evening at Sale High School, were inspired to take part after one of the members lost her foster daughter who was cared for by the hospice.
Supermarket worker Andrea Sobanski knows from personal experience about losing weight. A few years ago she shed more than eight and half stones, dropping from 22 stones, after taking part in the weight classes.
“There’s a lot of interest from members about taking part in the Manchester Midnight Walk. The activity will help them work towards their goals and at the same time help such a deserving charity,” said Andrea.
More than 3,000 people are expected to enter the Manchester Midnight Walk over a 10 kilometre route through the city centre. Registration costs £15 and £8 for walkers aged 11 to 17.
The Walk starts at Manchester Central at 11.30 pm and takes in famous landmarks like Manchester Cathedral, Granada Studios, Castlefield and Manchester University.
This year’s theme is a ‘walk to remember’ so walkers can honour the memory of loves ones although anyone can take part. They can light a candle in a Garden of Remembrance in Spinningfields and write a message on a big screen at Manchester Central where two hours of entertainment will be held before the start.
St Ann’s is the one of the biggest adult hospices in the country and provides free care for more than 3,000 people each year with life-limiting illnesses in Greater Manchester. It gets only a third of its funding from the Government so needs £16,000 a day in donations to keep its doors open.
To enter the walk go to www.manchestermidnightwalk.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631.
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