HUNDREDS of people dressed as superheroes took to the streets of Basingstoke last night to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.

More than 250 people took part in the Moonlight Walk on Saturday, gathering in Festival Place for the start, where there were a variety of fun activities to enjoy, including glitter face painting from Routine Riots and a photo booth.

Creative costumes were on show, with characters including Superwoman, Spiderman, Batman, and an NHS paramedic.

Participants set off at 9pm from Porchester Square outside Marks and Spencer, before making their way around the town on an eight-and-a-half-mile walk.

Louise Price, 55, from Popley was walking in memory of her mother, Brenda Eakins, who died six years ago of bladder cancer.

She was cared for by St Michael’s Hospice.

Louise, who was joined by her daughter Daniella and granddaughters, told the Gazette: “We’re doing this in honour of my mum. The hospice looked after her for several weeks before she passed and looked after her extremely well. She died a few weeks after my birthday.”

Dedicated NHS workers Terri Nurser, 37, and Maddie Vaughan, 24 work together on the C2 ward at Basingstoke hospital.

The colleagues decided to take part in the walk to support the hospice, which often cares for their patients.

Maddie said: “We wanted to raise money for the hospice because our patients are looked after there and they have excellent care. We use the service a lot for our patients and we find it really supportive.”

The pair have so far raised more than £600 through sponsorship.

A team from the Loddon Valley Lions took part to support another Basingstoke charity.

Vanessa Tolson, president of the Loddon Valley Lions, who lives in Baughurst, said: “We are natural fundraisers this is what we do. I’ve never done this event before but I think I’ll manage.”

The hospice said it was “fantastic to see so many incredible superheroes” taking part in the event and thanked all its volunteers and supporters who made the event possible, including Festival Place, Basingstoke Rugby Club, Hatch Warren Runners, and Party Delights Photo Booth.