Nearly 1,000 customers, clients and employees took part in last night’s Barclays Take One Small Step into the Night walk in London.
The event was organised in partnership with UNICEF and UK broadcaster Heart radio’s Have a Heart charity.
Heart radio presenters Nick Snaith and Nicola Bonn led the pre-walk entertainment, including an on-stage interview with British singer and songwriter Lemar.
The festival atmosphere livened up Potters Fields Park, where participants had their faces painted and warmed up in a session led by cheerleaders from Zoo Fever.
Lemar, Nick and Nicola led the countdown to the start of the walk and cut the ribbon to set off the first group of participants.
Walkers took in the sights and sounds of the city, passing landmarks such as the Golden Jubilee Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral as they gleamed against the backdrop of the night sky.
Along the route, participants were entertained by buskers, a gospel choir and stilt-walkers.
Speaking at the event, Lemar said: “Not only is tonight’s event a great evening out and a fantastic opportunity to see the beauty of London in a new way, it is also supporting a hugely important cause – children.
“As a father, I know that many children across the UK and around the world face huge difficulties. Tonight’s sponsored walk will make a massive difference to thousands of children both home and abroad, and support two leading charities.
“Thank you to all of the Barclays staff, friends and members of the public for turning out in such numbers and their support. Each and every step will make a difference to a young person.”
The event raised funds towards transforming the lives of children in the UK and around the world by providing education and improving healthcare.
Donations to the cause can still be made online at www.justgiving.com/barclaysstep (new window).
Individuals can also donate £10 by simply texting STEP4410 to 70070 from their personal mobile phone. The cost of the text is free and 100 per cent of the donation goes directly to UNICEF and Have a Heart.