Over 850 people turn out in their onesies and raise £68,780 for Lincolnshire Hospice

The ‘One Night in a Onesie’ supporters in Lincoln – photograph courtesy of Kurnia Aerial Photography

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice set new World Record at their ‘One Night in a Onesie’ fundraiser

On Saturday 7th June 2014, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice hosted their annual Moonlight Sleepwalk which was this year themed as ‘One Night in a Onesie’. The walks took place in Lincoln, Louth, Boston and Grantham and saw 873 participants turn out to help raise £68, 780.

The walk in Lincoln attracted over 600 participants who helped the charity to set a new World Record for ‘the largest gathering of people wearing flashing headwear’. The record took place on the athletics track at Yarborough Leisure Centre which was also where the walk set off.

Becky Otter, Event Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“This was the first time we have ever attempted a World Record and the sight of hundreds of people in flashing headwear really was extraordinary. The record was such a unique and memorable part of the evening and the atmosphere was simply palpable! Successfully setting the record was the perfect start to our annual Moonlight Sleepwalk.”

Participants were treated to entertainment from Sam Kirk from Lincs FM’s breakfast show and cheerleaders from Cheerstars before taking part in a pre-walk warm-up with an instructor from Dragon Fly’s pole studio. Participants set off at 10pm and embarked on a 10k walk around Lincoln before returning to Yarbrough Leisure Centre for a well earned bacon roll and hot drink.

Becky said: “I am completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who turned out to support us across the county. Their determination and enthusiasm for our organisation resulted in a successful evening that will see over £68,000 donated to ensure the continuation of our specialist care.

“My sincerest gratitude goes to each and every one of the 873 participants who turned out to support us. I must also thank our corporate supporters, in particular our headline sponsors Branston Ltd and Western Power Distribution, without whom this event would not be possible.”

Becky concludes: “It was wonderful to see so many like minded people coming together to unite for one common cause. The sense of community spirit was inspiring as men and women both young and old walked shoulder to shoulder for hospice care.”

Money raised through ‘One Night in a Onesie’ allows St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice to continue to care for people who are terminally ill and dying. Last year the charity cared for more than 6,000 people across the county, creating bespoke care packages that allow patients and their families to make the most of every last moment they share together.

Thank you to our corporate supporters; Kurnia Aerial Photography, Yellow Belly Telly, Running Imp, DJ Flipstones, Lincs FM, The Shakespeare, Brakes, Western Power Distribution, Branston Ltd, Pearson Hydraulics, G4S and The Co-Op.

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