Countdown is on for Hartlepool’s zombie apocalypse

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.

THE countdown is on for a charitable zombie apocalypse.

An annual Zombie Walk is taking place in Hartlepool on October 25 and volunteers are desperately being sought so as much money can be raised as possible for the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust Fund.

The third event of its kind has been organised by Kate Barratt, 32, a mum-of-one from the town centre area of Hartlepool.

And she would love to see budding zombies of all ages get dressed up and take part to fundraise for the town charity which helps families financially when they are stuck by the disease.

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

Kate wants to beat that this year with hopefully more zombies equalling more charity cash.

She said: “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.”

All zombies will meet 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.

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.

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.