Paula’s memory honoured by friends in £5k Midnight Moo haul

A group of Milton Keynes fundraisers have been thanked by Willen Hospice for their exceptional contribution to the MK Midnight Moo.

Paula’s Petals raised more than £5,000 for the 2017 event, which is set to return on July 14 this year.

The Petals signed up for the ten mile walk in memory of their friend Paula, who was cared for by the Hospice.

The team included staff from Wavendon Gate School where Paula worked, along with other friends and family who answered the call to support the Hospice.

Team leader Michele Brown said: “Moo was a great way for us to remember Paula and do something for an amazing charity. “The best thing about it was the comradery on the night, both within our team and with other walkers. Everyone walked at their own pace and supported each other.”

Often called the biggest night out in MK, the popular event really puts the fun in fundraising. The registration fee for Moo is an affordable £20, which covers the cost of the event.

But it’s fundraising that really helps the Hospice to be able to continue to offer its specialist end of life care to patients and their families.

Head of Events and Community Fundraising at the Hospice, Sarah Sweet-Rowley said: “People are often daunted by fundraising, but we want people to know that there are so many fun and creative ways to bring in the pounds.

“Everyone who signs up for Moo receives a brilliant registration pack that includes loads of ways to raise money.”

So how did Paula’s Petals raise such a great amount? Team member Julie Shardlow said: “We found setting a target for our fundraising helped keep us focused.

“We all committed to at least £100 each which made up our team total.

“As we work in a school, we also got parents and children involved with fundraising. “We even had a visit from Moo mascot Flo to help us with bucket collections on sports day!”

To find out more about the MK Midnight Moo on Saturday July 14 and to sign up, visit

This feature was published in the April 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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