Sleep walkers put on pyjamas for charities

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HUNDREDS of people are expected to take to the streets for a midnight walk in aid of five local charities dressed in pyjamas and with teddy bears at the ready.

After a hugely successful two years which have raised more than £10,000 the midnight pyjama walk will return to the streets of Kettering on Saturday, April 21.

The 5km figure-of-eight walk around the town centre raises money for Cransley Hospice, Lakelands Hospice, Kettering General Hospital’s charity fund, Wren Spinney Community Special School and the Inner Wheel of Huxloe.

Diana Patrick, fundraising manager for Cransley Hospice, said: “It’s fun. It’s exciting and a bit different to walk the town in your pyjamas at 11pm.

“And it’s a chance to support five local charities. It’s important we show we’re working together.”

More than 650 people turned out in their pyjamas, with many wearing their hair in bunches or clutching teddy bears, for the first pyjama walk in 2010. About 400 people took part last year.

This year Kettering DJ Bill Burton will warm everyone up at the start and host a disco at the Trading Post pub to celebrate the end.

People can also take dogs if they are on a lead.

Walkers will start from Kettering Town Harriers Pavilion at the athletics track in Thurston Drive and head along Lake Avenue to the Trading Post pub.

They will then head down Northampton Road to the other end of Lake Avenue.

Going up Thurston Drive and past the lake by Kettering Conference Centre the walkers will head over the railway bridge to Headlands.

Finally they will walk back along Northampton Road to the Trading Post for a midnight snack, bacon butties and hot chocolate.

The walk will start at 10.15pm and finish at about 11.30pm.

To sign up or for details visit the website or call 01536 527407.