Lions Club cash donation boosts Hartlepool hospice

Walkers who took part in the Peterlee and District Lions Club fundraiser in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Walkers who took part in the Peterlee and District Lions Club fundraiser in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice.

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A hospice has welcomed a step up in its funds after a charity walked its way to a £2,000-plus cash collection.

Dozens took part in a three-mile walk through Castle Eden Dene after Peterlee and District Lions Club laid down the challenge to supporters.

They do great work and we’re over the moon to help them with this money.

Tommy Miller

The group set off from the Hearts of Oak pub, through the woods and back again, raising £2,100 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The annual event attracts players with a Hartlepool United connection who join fellow fundraisers and this year it welcomed John Brackstone and Tommy Miller.

They were joined by the town’s mayor Mary Cartwright and staff from Lloyds Bank in Peterlee.

This year’s walk was also held in memory of John Lee, from Blackhall, who was one of the founder members of the branch around 30 years ago and died last year.

Tommy Miller, another of the club’s founders and the walk’s co-ordinator, said: “It’s smashing to have raised that amount and we aimed for £2,000.

“The hospice is in Hartlepool, but people from Peterlee go there and it’s a cause close to a lot of the people here.

“We go there at Christmas and sing carols and it’s always somewhere we’ve supported.

“They do great work and we’re over the moon to help them with this money.”

The hospice, in Wells Avenue, offers specialist palliative care to adults from Hartlepool and East Durham.

People accessing services can be living with illnesses including cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

Up coming events being held by the hospice include its first ever colour run, which will be held on Saturday, August 22.

Runners will be showered with powder paint along the 5km course from the Old Coach Park in Seaton Carew at 11am and take fundraisers to Newburn Bridge and back.

For more details visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.