HUNDREDS of women enjoyed a girl’s night out with a difference as they walked 13 miles for charity – powering through a late-night storm.
The heavens opened as more than 600 determined walkers took on the Martlets Midnight Walk challenge on Friday night.
Those taking part in the women-only event either did the shorter six-mile route or the full 13-mile trek around the streets of Brighton and Hove.
The event, which started and finished at Brighton Racecourse, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Martlets Hospice in Wayfield Avenue, Hove.
Now in its eighth year, it has raised more than £1 million.
Robert Griffiths, Hospice fundraising director, said: “The ladies set off on a lovely summers evening at midnight and we were all enjoying ourselves, when the heavens opened – but they braved it and carried on regardless.”
He added: “We appreciate all they did and we are also grateful to the marshals who supported the walk – they are the unsung heroes.”
Many of those taking part wore fancy dress outfits including brightly coloured wigs, pink boas, bunny ears and cowboy hats as family, friends and passers-by cheered them on.
Animals also got in on the act with several dogs joining their owners for the walk. A large number of fundraisers were walking in memory of loved ones, neighbours or work colleagues who were looked after by the team at the hospice.
When walkers returned to the racecourse they were given breakfast before heading home to dry off and have a well deserved rest.
Organisers are still counting up how much has been raised but it is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds.
The hospice needs more than £4.7 million every year to keep its services going.
It is not part of the NHS and so relies on the support of the community at events like the Midnight Walk to carry on its vital work.
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