Awful weather fails to deter employees from midnight walk

Walking in the Moonlight: Kevin Henshaw dressed for St. Ann’s Hospice’s Midnight Walk on the 16 June.

Stagecoach Manchester employees took to the streets of Manchester on Saturday 16th June for this year’s Midnight Walk. They raised £2,700 for St. Ann’s Hospice, Stagecoach Manchester’s chosen charity for 2012.

Led by driver Kevin Henshaw (seen above), 39 employees from its four depots pounded the pavements of Manchester. On the 10km walk, they formed one of the largest corporate teams of the annual event.

Kevin, from Reddish, encouraged the drivers to swap steering wheels for trainers, following his wife’s battle with cancer. His wife Angela, who sadly passed away earlier this year, battled the disease for six years, during which time she stayed at the St Ann’s Hospice for five weeks. As a proud step-mum to Kevin’s two daughters, she was also a keen fundraiser and raised money for numerous charities throughout her treatment.

Kevin, who has worked at the Hyde Road depot for eight years, commented: “Watching someone you love suffer is extremely difficult, but it makes you realise how important places like St Ann’s really are to a community. Angela never stopped smiling and a lot of those smiles can be put down to how comfortable she was at the hospice.

“The staff were brilliant throughout her stay and if the money we raise can help just one family then all of the sore feet and aching legs will have been worth it. I know if Angela was still here today she would be the first one at the starting line, encouraging everyone to get involved.”

Stagecoach Manchester donated the entry fee for all staff who took part and has matched funding the first £88 raised by each employee as part of its support for its charity of the year [St Ann’s Hospice].

S.V., 13 July 2012.

4 thoughts on “Stagecoach Manchester Pounds the Pavements for St. Ann’s Hospice

    1. A few years back, I was once out late enough to see a midnight walk outside The Wheatsheaf pub in Dukinfield. The sight of mainly pink wigs and skirts worn by both sexes was most amusing and inspiring.

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    1. Most definitely Paul. As well as the fundraising element, I too wouldn’t mind walking 10km around Manchester – or anywhere else for that matter – with a Mollie Sugden style perm.

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