Night-time walk raises money for hospice

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Braving the blustery winds, hundreds of people turned out for an annual midnight stroll.

There was an alligator, a ladybird, a bumblebee and even Cruella de Vil with a few dalmatians.

UP FOR IT Family and friends take part in the Moonlit Memories walk in Southsea in support of the Rowans Hospice. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (moonlit_26)

UP FOR IT Family and friends take part in the Moonlit Memories walk in Southsea in support of the Rowans Hospice. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (moonlit_26)

This year 1,030 took part, and have so far raised £130,000, with money still coming in.

Scores of people met in Castle Field, Southsea, on Saturday night, to take part in the walk, which raises money for The Rowans Hospice.

Each year people walk in memory of a lost loved one, regardless of whether they were helped by the Purbrook-hospice.

The crowds were entertained by music from band Skadaddles, before taking part in a warm up.

Due to the high winds, the 12-mile route was cut short, and didn’t go through Eastney.

Instead the six-mile route, which passes Portsmouth Cathedral and goes through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was walked twice.

Ian Young, honorary chairman of the trustees, took part for the fifth time.

He said: ‘I was delighted to see so many people sign up again this year.

‘People just come out to support the Rowans, and that is something very special to us.’