Pools stars join walk to raise cash for good causes

Walkers get ready for the annual Peterlee and District Lions Club walk.

Walkers get ready for the annual Peterlee and District Lions Club walk.

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Dozens of ramblers had fun in the sun as they raised money for a worthy charity.

More than 30 walkers tackled the three-mile challenge for Hartlepool & District Hospice and organiser Tommy Miller said: “It was a beautiful day for this.”

Walkers on part of the three-mile route in Castle Eden Dene.

Walkers on part of the three-mile route in Castle Eden Dene.

The event, organised by Peterlee and District Lions Club, saw 35 people walk from the Hearts of Oak pub in Peterlee through Castle Eden Dene and back to the pub again.

Tommy added: “It was a superb walk this year. We could not have asked for better weather.”

The annual event always attracts players with a Hartlepool United connection who join fellow fundraisers for the event which is expected to raise around £2,000.

This year, Pools favourites John Brackstone and Tommy Miller were among five stars to go on the walk.

It was a beautiful day with a gentle breeze and 35 people turned out to support us

Walk organiser Tommy Miller

Also raising funds were the Mayor of Peterlee Mary Cartwright and five staff from Lloyds Bank in Peterlee. Tommy Miller senior told the Mail: “There are a lot of people who do this walk year after year.”

He said this year’s walk was in memory of one of the founder members of the Lions Club, John Lee, from Blackhall, who passed away late last year. Tommy added: “We called this year’s event the John Lee Memorial Walk.”

This was the fifth year that the charity fundraiser had been held and in the four previous years, more than £8,000 has been raised.

Tommy praised the event’s backers Peter and Tracey Webster from the Hearts of Oak, and Liam Dinene from Box Clever in Horden.

Greg Hildreth, from Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “The walk was a great success, with a brilliant turnout and some very generous sponsorship pledges made.

“The weather was great too, which contributed to the already lovely atmosphere and general good feeling on the day.

“On behalf of everyone at the hospice, I’d like to extend sincere thanks to Tommy Miller and the Peterlee Lions, everyone who took part, the Heart of Oaks, all of the sponsors and everyone else who sponsored this event.

“Every penny raised will be used to fund our patient care services.”

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.