Dancing through the decades in moonlight walk

Rachel Smith, Fiona Coverdale and Hannah Lakey take part in the Moonlight Walk. All pics: Andrew Dorrian.
Rachel Smith, Fiona Coverdale and Hannah Lakey take part in the Moonlight Walk. All pics: Andrew Dorrian.

Here’s more photos of the brave souls who supported a hospice fundraiser in style.

Dozens of walkers took part in the 9th Hartlepool and District Hospice’s annual moonlight walk, which had a theme centred on ‘dancing through the decades’.

The 5.5-mile walk, sponsored by the town’s Bristol Street Motors garage, saw fundraisers head from Hartlepool College of Further Education along the sea front to Seaton Carew Golf Club and back.

Around 120 people took part, including Hannah Lakey who took part in memory of her husband Jeremy who was cared for at the hospice before his death aged 38.

Hannah, of the Clavering area of Hartlepool, took part with friends Fiona Coverdale and Rachel Smith.

Jeremy, who was a surveyor at Middlesbrough Council and a former captain of Caledonians Hockey Club, died on August 26 last year.

The hospice does a marvellous job and not just with the patients because they help the families as well.

Hannah Lakey

Hannah, who has a four-year-old daughter, said: “The hospice does a marvellous job and not just with the patients because they help the families as well.

“Events like this are an excellent way of promoting what they do. By the time we have finished we are hoping to have raised £1,000.”

The hospice is hoping to raise about £10,000. All those who completed the event got a medal, a sash and refreshments.

The Wells Avenue hospice offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults in Hartlepool and East Durham each year suffering illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

It costs the hospice £2.3m to provide its current range of services, and only 24 per cent of that comes from the National Health Service, so the outstanding £1.7m has to be collected by fundraising.