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THE town centre turned into a sea of brightly-coloured costumes as Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WALH) held its first-ever Onesie Walk.

More than 200 women wearing the full-length garments took part in the six-mile charity trek from Robin Park Arena to the town centre and back again.

Wigan & Leigh Hospice Onesie Walk. Pictured are Lisa Hutchinson, Lisa Mason, Dawn Barton, Allison Pearce with Andrea Baker from Pemberton Community Support Group

Wigan & Leigh Hospice Onesie Walk. Pictured are Lisa Hutchinson, Lisa Mason, Dawn Barton, Allison Pearce with Andrea Baker from Pemberton Community Support Group

The procession of onesies, 
including zebras, giraffes, and parrots, started out at 10pm following a musical warm-up routine and made a half-way stop for chocolate, fruit and water at The Galleries shopping centre.

Many of the walkers also carried England flags to show their support for the national football team in their opening World Cup clash against Italy, which took place on the same evening.

WALH fund-raising manager Maxine Armstrong said: “As always we were very lucky so many ladies chose to join us for this event. The weather held off for us and we had a fantastic evening, it was an amazing sight to see so many different onesies all of different colours, some even homemade or redesigned specially for the occasion.

“I would like to thank all the participants for joining, the volunteers for their help and a special thank you to The Galleries and their retailers for providing our half-way refreshments.”

The onesie walk follows the successful Star Trekkers walks for the Hindley-based hospice, which provides specialist palliative care to more than 900 Wiganers with life-limiting illnesses every year.

The town certainly got into the spirit of the occasion, with The Galleries donating a further £200 to the total, while security guard Craig Gaskell donated his wages to the hospice.

The Galleries centre manager Victoria Nichol said: “It was amazing to see so many people wear a onesie and come together for such a great cause.

“I am honoured that The Galleries could provide refreshments to everyone and we hope to continue to support the fantastic work the hospice does.”

For more information about the hospice, visit www.wlh.org.uk