FIFTY fantastic walkers have been praised for helping to add hundreds of pounds to a hospice’s coffers.
Ramblers aged from six to 80 set off on a three-mile route to raise cash for Hartlepool & District Hospice.
And today, the 50 ramblers were congratulated for a fabulous effort.
The walk started at the Hearts of Oak pub in Peterlee before heading through Castle Eden Dene and back to the pub, where all 50 finishers were handed certificates.
The event, organised by Peterlee and District Lions Club is expected to have raised around £1,500.
Branch founder member and past president Tommy Miller said numerous people deserved plaudits including the pub for laying on refreshments at the finish, the Box Clever boxing club in Horden for providing stewards on the day, Natural England warden Steve Metcalfe for leading the way on the walk, and the St John’s Ambulance Brigade for their involvement.
Tommy added: “We had 50 people taking part and that was 21 up on last year.”
The walkers included Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, children as young as six, and one couple who were aged 78 and 80.
The event is now in its third year and Tommy added: “It is going to be an annual thing.”
Tommy is hopeful that the fundraising total could be boosted further, as there will be an auction of signed football shirts next month.
“Once we get the money in from the raffle and the rest of the sponsorship, it should be a really good total.”