07/07/2009 13:38, Report by Gemma Thompson
Giggs backs Hospice walk
Ryan Giggs recently took time out to lend his support to a special Midnight Walk in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice.
The United midfielder, who is a patron for the charity, met hospice patients and staff at the launch of the event which takes place on Saturday 12 September 2009 starting at midnight. The 10k roundtrip walk will begin at Macclesfield Leisure Centre and pass through Prestbury and Tytherington.
Last year's walk raised over £72,000 and Giggs is urging people to get involved and help generate even more funds for the charity.
"The £72,000 raised last year went towards the cost of Phase 1 of the fantastic new development at the hospice which I was very proud to officially open a few weeks ago," said Ryan. "I’d encourage everyone to get their boots on this year to raise even more money."
Over 570 people took part in the 2008 walk and the charity are hoping to hit the 1000 mark this time round with the aim of raising in excess of £100,000.
"Fancy dress is very much encouraged and there will be a prize for the best outfit. We want to make it a real party atmosphere," added Chief Executive Jayne Bessant.