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Hartlepool United players past and present take part in charity hike

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POOLS players past and present took part in a three-mile charity walk in aid of a town hospice.

Familiar faces put on their walking shoes for the fundraising strut to rake in cash for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The event was hosted by the Peterlee and District Lions Club for the fourth year in a row.

And organiser Tommy Miller, who is founder member of the Lions and also dad of former Pools midfielder Tommy Miller jnr, says that the walk should raise at least £2,000.

He said: “It was an absolutely brilliant event and the turn-out was great.

“When you think of what you’re collecting for it makes it seem all the more important.

“We were really grateful to everyone who turned out on the day, and we’ve had promises from the Hartlepool United lads that couldn’t make it that they will definitely be doing it next year.”

He added: “We’ve helped the hospice for the last three years now, and have raised £6,000 in that time. It’s pretty good going I think.

“We’ve all had friends and family in the hospice who have been very well looked after, so we want to give something back.”

Former Pools ex-manager Chris Turner, kit man Martyn Brown, physio Ian Gallagher, Kevin Henderson, Micky Barron, Mark Tinkler, Graeme Lee, Ian Clark, John Brackstone, Glen Downey, Richard Forster, Paul Baker, Brian Honour and Tommy Miller, were just some of the walkers who took part.

Several current players also joined in, along with their family and friends, as did former Hartlepool Mayor and ex H’Angus mascot Stuart Drummond.

The walk started at The Hearts of Oak pub in Oakerside Drive, Peterlee, at 10am on Sunday, May 11, taking in part of Castle Eden Dene.

Mr Miller thanked Hartlepool United Football Club for their help, along with Queens Park Rangers, ex Pools manager Mick Tait, and Middlesbrough players Jonathan Woodgate and Jason Steele for providing signed items which the Lions will raffle.

He also thanked Liam Dinene from Box Clever, in Horden, who provided stewards and first aiders on the walk.

 

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