A FORMER soap star is giving his support to a charity walk being held to raise funds for a local hospice.
Bruce Jones, known to millions as Coronation Street’s Les Battersby, is supporting the third annual Peterlee and District Lions Club sponsored walk.
Funds raised will go to Hartlepool & District Hospice for the second year running.
The first event raised £1,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance, with the second walk, held last year, raising £1,700 for the town hospice.
This time, organisers want to top the £2,000 barrier to raise vital cash to help suffers of cancer and other life-limiting diseases who are being cared for at the hospice.
Lions founder member Tommy Miller said: “I’m over the moon that Bruce has helped us launch the walk again and we are hoping to have both MPs take part again this year.
“We are hoping for more than 100 participants this time.
“We hope to raise the big £2,000 this time and we think the hospice is a worthy cause to support and we hope as many people as possible take part to make this a successful event.”
Also on the day, there will be an auction of signed football shirts.
The walk, being held in association with Natural England, will take place on Sunday, May 12, with registration at 10am and the walk starting at 10.30am.
The set-off point will be the Heats of Oak pub, in Oakerside Drive, Peterlee, and walkers will follow a three-mile route through nearby Castle Eden dene before finishing at the pub.
For more information and for a sponsor form, call 07970189681.