Saturday 16th July saw the last Midnight Walk for the Florence Nightingale Hospice.
Established in 2010 originally as the Gemstone Walk, its popularity grew and grew. From the inception the Buckinghamshire Freemasons have been heavily involved as sponsors and marshalls for the event.
This year, 2022, saw the biggest turnout to-date of walkers, approximately 850 selecting to walk either a 5 mile or 10 mile route. An event of this size needs safety marshals and this is where the Buckinghamshire Freemasons stepped in.
Lee Buckingham of Haddenham lodge put out a request to all Aylesbury Vale based lodge secretaries calling for volunteers. It was going to be a long night.
69 marshalls in total of which 48 were either Masons or connections of representing 11 different lodges.
Promptly arriving for registration at 10:15pm, Lee began the safety & event briefing to all the volunteers at 11pm. By 11:45 the early point marshalls set off to their allocated point wearing hi-vis.
Through the night the marshalls once given the clear by a back marker, then moved on to their 2nd allocated point.
The two “Tail End Charlie’s” for the night were Tom Crowford for the 5 mile walkers and Guy Farrow for the 10 mile walkers, both members of Buckingham 591 lodge.
The last walker crossed the line at 05:01
The event since it began in 2010, including this final walk, has raised approximately £1,000,000 for the charity and we, Buckinghamshire Freemasons, can proudly say we have been there for the whole journey.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers, without them the event could not happen.
Here’s to the next event, where Bucks Masons will answer the call again.