BOLTON Hospice is hoping to make every step count with this year’s Midnight Memories Walk.

On June 20 the hospice is hosting its 14th annual walk and wants more people to sign up to make it the best ever.

The walk begins from Bolton town centre, making the eight-mile journey from Bolton Town Hall, along Chorley New Road directly past the hospice, almost to the Beehive roundabout and back again to celebrate and remember the lives of those loved ones who are no longer with us.

This year the flagship event is sponsored by Stateside Foods with support from Carrs Pasties.

For those who feel the journey is too long for them, this year the hospice is introducing an alternative six-mile route

It will follow the original eight-mile route but will cut off sooner.

Walkers can choose their distance on the day.

Proceeds go towards helping find the £4 million a year needed to run the hospice and provide free care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Charlotte Allen has taken part in the walk for the last 10 years and chose to fundraise for the hospice after moving to Bolton.

“I like the fact that I’m giving back to the Bolton community in a different way, something that helps people in their hour of need,” she said.

“The Bolton Hospice staff and volunteers are so kind and welcoming on the night of the walk that even if your feet are hurting at the end of the night, you’re like, where’s that registration form I’m ready for next year? As long as my legs will allow me to carry on walking that eight miles I’ll be doing it.

“My medals sit up on my bedside table in year order, I’ve done the walk since 2008. For the 10 years I’ve done it that’s 80 miles and I’ve raised £1,800, I love it!”

David Sharples has been taking part in the walk since 2012. David’s mother Eva passed away at Bolton Hospice.

“I think it’s an excellent fundraiser, it’s just sheer enjoyment.,” he said. “It was always nice doing it with my friends, but when they can’t it doesn’t matter because you’re chin-wagging all the way along. I’ll carry on taking part as long as the old pins keep going.

“The fundraising is so important for the hospice but it’s also about raising awareness that the hospice is such an important part of the community.

“It’s not just where people go to die it’s so much more than that, which is what I found when I first came to the place.”

For more information and to register for a place, visit www.boltonhospice.org.uk/mmw or email fundraising@boltonhospice.org.