Stepping out for cancer victims

DURHAM HERE WE COME: Staff (left to right) Sara Malcolm, Stacey Irwin,  Stephanie Irwin and Melanie Gallagher outside The Five Quarter

DURHAM HERE WE COME: Staff (left to right) Sara Malcolm, Stacey Irwin, Stephanie Irwin and Melanie Gallagher outside The Five Quarter

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A THIRTY-STRONG group of pub workers and their customers are to participate in their annual charity walk to raise money for terminally-ill children.

Staff are set to walk from the Five Quarter Wetherspoon pub, in Peterlee, to the Bishop’s Mill Wetherspoons pub, in Durham City, to raise money for children’s charity CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent support families with children with terminal cancer by enabling the youngsters to fulfil their life-long wishes before they become too ill.

The charity is sponsored by Wetherspoons region-wide and has hit home this year for the staff of the Peterlee pub.

Stephanie Irwin, who is the leader of the walk, said: “We have a customer whose nephew has just died and he was cared for by CLIC Sargent.

“It’s really hit the community as it’s awful when it has affected someone you know, so it’s really brought the race to life this year.”

She said the spirit has been described as “fantastic” on previous walks, with the latest being held tommorow and staff have been training at the gym together in preparation.

After the walk is completed, the group will be picked up by Tony’s Taxis and Stephanie wanted to highlight the company’s hospitality and support towards the good cause.

Stephanie added: “We raised £600 last year so we’re hoping to get around £800 or possibly £1,000 this year which would be fantastic.”