More than 400 walkers hit the capital on Friday 16 May to complete the six-mile route in their pyjamas together with pink, neon accessories to raise vital funds for Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives.
The colourful fundraisers enjoyed a rousing performance by Ragsy from The Voice and were entertained by The Rock Choir, led by talented local singer and pianist Katie Thomas, before setting off for the midnight stroll, which started and finished at the Millennium Stadium.
Amongst the walkers was brave mum Kelly Matthews, whose two-year-old daughter Willow, benefits from Tŷ Hafan’s services. She stood up in front of the crowd to talk about the difference Tŷ Hafan has made to her family.
She said: “I was so nervous before telling my story, but I wanted to do it for Willow and Tŷ Hafan. They are like stars in the sky and we want to do everything we can to give something back after all they’ve done for us.”
Many walkers took part due to a personal connection with Tŷ Hafan, including a group of ladies who work closely with Rhydian Verdin, a seven-year-old who is battling a brain tumour.
Mary Williams, who works at Canolfan y Bont in Lampeter, said:“We entered a group for the walk as we see first-hand the difference Tŷ Hafan makes to families like Rhydian’s. He is such a special young man who brings a lot of joy to everyone he meets and we wanted take part so Tŷ Hafan can keep supporting wonderful families like his.”
Each walker has been tasked with raising at least £50 in sponsorship and the charity is hoping to raise around £20,000 in total from the event.
Mair Jeffries from Tŷ Hafan said: “Tŷ Hafan parents are incredible people who not only care for their life-limited children 24 hours a day, but make sure every moment of their young lives shine.
“We are extremely grateful to all the ladies who gave up a night’s sleep as well as our fantastic supporters, Julian Hodge Bank, for funding this fantastic event, and not forgetting our amazing volunteers who make our events possible.”
The charity extends its thanks to 9Bar, Brecon Carreg, Western Power Distribution, Just Perfect Catering, Wessex Garages and Carrie Elspeth Jewellery for their kind contributions.