Mutual Support for Midnight Walk
A HARROGATE-BASED financial services mutual has announced its backing of one of Harrogate’s most popular charity events for the fifth year running.
Engage Mutual is the corporate sponsor of this summer’s Midnight Walk, the annual community fundraiser in aid of Saint Michael’s.
The event sees hundreds of local people take to the streets of Harrogate at midnight to raise funds for the charity that cares for more than 2,400 people living with terminal illness and bereavement each year.
Chief executive of Engage Mutual, Andrew Haigh, said:
“Our sponsorship of the Midnight Walk enables Saint Michael’s to turn our donation into a much bigger contribution towards their running costs, and also gives us the opportunity to lend more than just financial support.
“Many staff get fully behind the event, helping to promote it through leaflet drops, volunteering as stewards or registration clerks on the night, as well as raising sponsorship and taking part in the walk itself.
“It’s great to be able to get involved in an event that genuinely unites the community behind an extremely good cause.”
Saint Michael’s chief executive, Tony Collins, said:
“Engage Mutual’s continued support of the Midnight Walk illustrates a remarkable long term commitment to ensuring that local people get the end of life care they want, need and deserve.
“More than 4,000 local people have taken part in the Midnight Walk since 2007, raising more than £500,000 for Saint Michael’s.
“Engage Mutual should be very proud of the part they continue to play in this event’s success”.
Engage Mutual, whose offices are situated next to Saint Michael’s on Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, are long-term supporters of the charity.
The company are members of the charity’s corporate partnership scheme, the Guild of Patrons, have a volunteer scheme which allows employees to undertake a variety of tasks for the hospice within working hours, as well as a regular programme of staff fundraising initiatives.
The Midnight Walk will take place on Saturday June 30 but participants must pre-register before Friday June 15.
Registration costs just £10 for those signing up before March 31.
Engage Mutual’s corporate support plus walker registration fees cover event costs, meaning all personal sponsorship goes directly to Saint Michael’s, which needs £3.9million every year to maintain its specialist services.
The event is open to all and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
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