THREE generations of hospice supporters are set to join hundreds of others to walk in memory of a much-loved family member.
Popular Headlander George Hume, a dad-of-two, died after suffering an aortic aneurysm in 2004, aged 70.
George’s family laced up their trainers in his memory as they completed Hartlepool & District Hospice’s Walk of Thoughts last year, which raised an impressive £3,000 for the cause.
And his wife Norma, 75, daughter Carol Sennett, 51 and granddaughter Jessica Sennett, 22, are all set to complete the two-mile walk again next weekend at this year’s event.
The walk which will be held on Sunday, May 20, at 11am, starts and finishes at the Heugh Gun Battery on the Headland.
Carol, who lives in the Clavering area of Hartlepool and works as the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “Although I am obviously already connected to the hospice, this event is a very personal one to me and my family.
“My dad loved the Headland having lived there all of his life.
“He was very proud of his family and where he was from so taking part in this walk is particularly poignant for us, although he’s in our thoughts every single day, not just this one.
“Taking part in the Walk of Thoughts gives us the chance to support a wonderful cause and to pay tribute to a wonderful man.”
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, added: “I am delighted that Norma, Carol and Jessica are taking part in this event, which will clearly be emotional for them.
“I hope that it gives them the opportunity to reflect and revisit happy times from throughout George’s life.
“Last year’s event was a truly uplifting experience and it has an impact when you see so many people gathered to keep their special memories alive.”
Anyone who wishes to sponsor George’s family should call Carol at the hospice on (01429) 855536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up for next week’s Walk of Thoughts call Greg Hildreth at the hospice on (01429) 855529, email email@example.com or register online at www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.
Registration costs £5 for adults, but is free for those aged under 16.