Walkers aim to break £10,000 mark for Hartlepool hospice

The team behind the walk.

The team behind the walk.

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A sponsored walk which has become an annual attraction is back.

And organisers are hoping they will smash through the £10,000 barrier this year for one worthy cause.

Some of the walkers at last year's event.

Some of the walkers at last year's event.

Ramblers, including former Hartlepool United players, will be trekking through beautiful countryside once again on the walk, which starts at the Hearts of Oak pub in Oakerside Drive, Peterlee.

This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, May 15, starting at 10am.

Registration takes place at the pub from 9.30am.

The money raised will once again go towards Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The three-mile route will take walkers through the beautiful scenery of Castle Eden Dene.

The event, which is organised by Peterlee and District Lions Club, always attracts strong support.

Tommy Miller, who is a founder member of the Lions branch and also dad of former Pools midfielder Tommy Miller junior, is hoping the response will be just as good this year.

He said: “This is the fifth year that we have done it for the hospice and the sixth year of the walk, as we did it in the first year for the Great North Air Ambulance.

“Up to now we have raised £9,500 in four years, and we are hoping to break the £10,000 barrier.”

He praised the backing of Peterlee firm Albany Assistance, which has taken on the hospice as its chosen cause.

Tommy added: “Five hundred people work there and hopefully we will get a few to do the walk.”

Lots of the regular backers of the event will be taking on the route, including former Hartlepool United players.

The hospice, in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.

Individuals who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

Those interested in finding out more about the sponsored walk should contact 07970 189681.