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Midnight mums raise £14,500 for Rainbows

Almost two hundred women including two beauty queens gathered at midnight on Saturday to create magic by raising money to help care for children and young people at Rainbows Hospice.

The Miles for Midnight Walk began at Loughborough Town Hall, where the ladies limbered up with aerobics and a massage before setting off on the six mile round-trip by moonlight.

A moving account from two mums of how Rainbows had helped their children and families started the evening, then the mood was raised with music from a local band as the walk started on the stroke of midnight.

Walkers were joined in their night-time quest by Miss Loughborough and Miss Leicester Galaxy.

Rainbows provides care for children and young people with life limiting illnesses and life threatening conditions as well as support for their whole families.

Maggie Deere, Rainbows' events organiser said: “The atmosphere was tremendous and we are absolutely delighted at the enthusiasm of the women and so impressed at the effort put in by all who took part.”

“We also want to thank the band, Blue Horizon, who not only played free of charge but also gave us £300 to start the ball rolling.”

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Caption: Midnight walkers await the witching hour on Saturday.

Notes for editors: Rainbows first opened its doors in 1994 and in April 1995 HRH Prince of Wales officially opened the Hospice, which was founded by Gail and Harry Moore whose daughter, Laura, died of Leukemia in 1989.

Since then hundreds of life-limited children, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have been cared for and supported by the hospice. They come to visit for specialist respite, palliative and end-of-life care.

Each child receives one-to-one care around the clock from a highly skilled team of children's nurses supported by doctors experienced in this specialised area.

Each year it costs £2.8million to run the Rainbows with over 80 per cent of their funds coming from supporters and fundraisers.

Last autumn Rainbows changed its name to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People – a name they hope will better reflect the care they are able to give to the young with life-limiting illnesses.