The Kirkwood’s biggest fundraising event of the year is changing for 2023.

The Midnight Memory Walk has now become The Kirkwood Memory Walk – and it starts at 10pm instead of midnight.

By bringing the event forward by two hours, the organisers hope to attract more families to take part.

The Memory Walk is always one of the most emotionally-charged events of the year as hundreds of local people come together to remember loved ones who are no longer with us.

The event – on Saturday July 1 – is a circular six or 10-mile walk which will start and finish at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield. Those taking part can decide on the night how far they want to walk.

A spokesman for the hospice said: “The Kirkwood believes everyone old or young should have the chance to take part in this special annual event.

“We think as a charity it is beneficial for children and young people to learn about The Kirkwood and how we care for anyone in Kirklees with a life-limiting illness.

“We know that starting at midnight can be tricky for people and so we’ve decided to bring the start time forward to 10pm, making it easier for families to take part together.

“Whilst it’s still going to be a late night, we hope this change will encourage more families to join us.”

There’s an early bird offer for those who sign up now. Before Sunday April 30 entry costs just £10 for adults and £8 for children under 16. Dogs are £5.

Sign up online at or you can also register over the phone by calling the fundraising team on 01484 557911.