Return of the undead: Zombie Walk to take over Hartlepool town centre once more

Zombies and survivors(left to right) Dan Mason, Richard Walker, Hannah Smith, Matty Shea, Alex Rodgers and  Kate Barratt rehearse for the forthcoming event.

Zombies and survivors(left to right) Dan Mason, Richard Walker, Hannah Smith, Matty Shea, Alex Rodgers and Kate Barratt rehearse for the forthcoming event.

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CALLING all charitable zombies young and old!

An annual Zombie Walk is taking place in Hartlepool for the third year running and all in the name of charity.

And budding zombies of all ages are being urged to take part to raise cash for the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust Fund, which helps families financially when they are stuck by the disease.

Kate Barratt, 32, a mum-of-one from the town centre area of Hartlepool, has organised the event which will take place on Saturday, October 25, with all zombies meeting at Lloyds, in Church Square, Hartlepool, at 1pm.

The scary fleet of creatures will then make their way around the outside of the town centre playing zombie music and shaking charity buckets before heading into Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

They will then head back to the pub at around 3pm.

Last year, around 70 zombies took part in the walk and raised over £500 for the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma.

Kate, who works as a play leader for Hartlepool Borough Council, is hoping to attract around 100 people this year so that even more cash can be raised.

She said: “It’s an annual event, and this is the third year that we’re doing it.

“This year we’ve chosen to support the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust Fund because the organisers of that are already doing a Halloween-type event and we thought this could be an extra event that would help the charity out.

“Plus, it’s a local charity with all the money going to help families in Hartlepool who are hit with cancer, and I like to keep it local.

“The charity helps people out with travel costs when patients need to go and get treatment, even if they need to go out of the country for treatment, or even equipment that people might find that they need.”

She added: “I’m really excited for this year’s event. It’s a real family event, and last year we had people of all ages and even babies in buggies as well.

“It takes us a while to do the walk, roughly around two hours, because zombies shuffle, they don’t walk, and we also play zombie music to keep them motivated!

“It’s great fun and we want as many people to take part as we can.”

For further information contact Kate on 07788995549 or log onto the Facebook page, Nightmare in Hartlepool 3 annual Zombie Walk.

Alternatively, zombies are free to turn up at the event without any notice.