Nocturnal walk is a huge success

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THERE was a real party atmosphere as the clock struck midnight during an annual charity event.

Here is a chance to see more pictures from Saturday night’s Hartlepool and District Hospice’s Midnight Walk.

Hospice bosses have thanked around 320 people who sacrificed their beds to take part in the five-mile walk from Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to Seaton Carew Cricket Club and back.

The money raised is still being counted but it will be a welcome addition to the £230,000 which has already come from the Wells Avenue-based facility’s previous walks.

Participants donned fancy dress and some walked in memory of loved ones they have lost to cancer.

The hospice’s events and community facilitator, Greg Hildreth, said: “It was great to see so many people coming along and supporting the hospice.

“There was great amounts of sponsorship on the night, with people pledging hundreds of pounds individually.

“There was a lot of people in fancy dress – there were lots of different outfits and people had customised t-shirts showing people they were walking in memory of.

“It was very touching and really added to the atmosphere of everybody coming together to support a worthwhile cause.

“It tried to rain a couple of times, but it held off.”

“We had a great night and it was a real privilege to be part of it.”

The walkers were entertained by Freddie Mercury tribute singer Billy West and former X Factor contestant Tessa Dollin.

Jean Welsh led a fitness warm-up, which saw special constable Jeff Drake, a familiar face at the event, limbering up alongside participants.

Mr Hildreth said: “People like to see Jeff involved and we had great support from Cleveland Police, as well as Hartlepool Maritime Experience, The Red Cross and Hartlepool College of Further Education, who provided stewards.”

He also thanked Tata Steel and other organisations for their help.