FOUR fundraising walkers are set to go the extra Golden Mile in support of a local hospice.
Peter Noble and Chris Ward, both 31, Peter Smith, 30, and Paul Thompson, 29, are lacing up their trainers in preparation for a gruelling 148-mile charity walk.
The marathon effort of the four pals will see them trek from Seaton Carew beach to Blackpool.
The men are training hard for the six-day walk, which they will tackle next month, and are hoping to raise an impressive £10,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.
“It’s going to be tough but I think we will all be ready, we are looking forward to it,” said Peter, managing director of his own communications firm, who lives in Belmont Gardens, Hartlepool.
“Paul and I decided we were going to do the walk, and we put it out on Facebook for anyone who wanted to join us and Chris and Peter jumped at the chance.”
They will walk between 17 and 24 miles every day for six consecutive days before settling down in a campsite each night.
They have been on regular walks of up to 10 miles in the build-up to their charity effort.
The four men are also well underway with their fundraising efforts, having already raised more than £1,000.
“The hospice is something which means a lot to us all,” added Peter.
“My mum, Pamela spent a lot of time there before she sadly died three years ago after suffering with cancer and the support the hospice provides is just incredible.
“If it wasn’t for that support, dealing with my mum’s death and illness would have been 10 times worse.
“We have already raised £1,373 which is brilliant but we are aiming for around £10,000.
“The walk will be tough, I think we will be exhausted come the end of each day but it’s worth it.
“We are so grateful for any donations we receive and if any businesses would like to offer their support we can wear their logos on our t-shirts.”
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, said: “It’s great that the group are taking part in such a challenging event to raise money for our charity.
“They have already done brilliantly in sponsorship so far and I’d like to wish them the very best of luck on behalf of everyone here at the hospice, in all of their fundraising efforts, as well as in preparation for the walk itself.
“All of the money raised will go directly into the specialist care services we provide to the communities of Hartlepool and east Durham.”
To donate towards the efforts of the lads visit www.facebook.com/TheLongWalk2011 or www.justgiving.com/teams/Hartlepool2Blackpool.
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