HOSPICE chiefs are walking on air after kind-hearted fundraisers stepped up efforts to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.
Members of Peterlee and District Lions organised a sponsored walk in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice in May.
Now all the money has been counted and Lions bosses have revealed the total raised for the Wells Avenue facility was £1,901.
This is the third year that the charitable organisation has arranged the three-mile walk, and they are confident that they will push the £2,000 barrier next year, with a date of May 11 already confirmed for 2014’s event.
Branch founder member Tommy Miller said: “We were delighted with the amount. I’d like to thank everybody who took part - what a fabulous effort.”
The Lions’ walk raised £1,750 for the hospice last year and £1,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance in its inaugural year.
This year’s event saw 50 ramblers aged six to 80, including Hartlepool MP Iain Wright take part.
Hospice’s community fundraiser Janice Forbes said: “This was a fantastic result and great to work with the Lions. We are already looking forward to next year. “
“The money raised will go to the specialist palliative care services we provide to patients and their families in Hartlepool and East Durham”