Thousands of women stepped out to raise money for charity - supported by X Factor singer Stevi Ritchie.

The singer wished the crowds of women good luck as they set off on their Midnight Walk to raise money for St Helena Hospice.

The walkers set off from the Colchester United stadium at 10.30pm last night and made their way on a circular route around the town under the stars.

For a four page special report, see tomorrow's Gazette.