Pyjamas on for charity event

SLIPPING the pyjamas on and going out for a stroll just before midnight might sound a barmy idea, but hundreds turned out in their best nightwear to raise money for charity.

More than 400 people, many wearing their hair in bunches or clutching teddy bears, walked the 6km distance around Kettering for the annual charity midnight walk on Saturday night.

Starting at the Kettering Town Harriers Pavilion, the large group set off on the walk at 10pm and finished just before midnight.

By taking part they raised funds for Lakelands Hospice, Kettering General Hospital’s charity fund, Cransley Hospice, Wren Spinney Community Special School and the Inner Wheel of Huxloe.

Cransley Hospice fundraiser Diana Patrick said: “It was a fun event which not only raised a decent amount of cash for local charities but made a lot of people laugh.

“It’s not everyday people get to do something silly like walk around at night in their pyjamas.

“Many people took part and really enjoyed themselves.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part and the police for their assistance.”

The amount of money raised has not yet been counted, but it is hoped about £5,000 will come in from the event.

The walk was the third organised by the hospice.

Mrs Patrick said: “I think it’s nice to show people that local charities are working together.

“We are not in competition with each other.”

Among the walkers were 40 Kettering General Hospital staff.

They took part in memory of colleague Rachel Daniels.

Radiographer and mother-of-two Rachel died in January at the age of 37 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.

The popular walk ended with a meal and a disco at the Trading Post pub.