A TELEVISION soap star is the latest big name to back one of Hartlepool’s biggest annual fundraisers.
Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson, known to the ITV’s soap fans as Alicia Metcalfe, is encouraging women in the town to get signed up for Hartlepool and District Hospice’s Moonlight Walk.
Natalie, whose dad Tony lives in Hartlepool, said she “fully understands” the important of the Wells Avenue-based hospice to the town and is hoping this year’s walk proves to be the best yet.
The Moonlight Walk is one of the hospice’s biggest fundraisers with last year’s event raising a hugely important £23,000 which all goes back into funding the palliative care services the hospice offers.
And Natalie hopes for a similar result this time around.
The star, who recently won television celebrity singing contest Your Voice Sounds Familiar and donated her £80,000 winnings to a selection of chosen charities, said: “I would like to wish the hospice every success with the Moonlight Walk, and to all the ladies taking part.
“My dad lives in the town and I fully understand how important a hospice is to those who need support in their lives during those difficult times that come our way in life.” Hospice staff are delighted with the response of kind-hearted fundraising residents who have already signed up for this year’s event.
The walk will take place on Saturday, September 7, leaving Hartlepool Maritime Experience at 8pm and heading down to Seaton Carew Golf Club. The five-and-a-half mile walk is a predominately female event. Everyone taking part will receive a medal, T-shirt and hot supper.
Natalie follows in the footsteps of comedienne and Benidorm star Crissy Rock who has already thrown her weight behind this year’s walk.
Hartlepool DJ and media man Paul “Goffy” Gough is also supporting the event.
Goffy’s long-time family friend Willie Wright received weeks of fantastic support at the hospice before he sadly lost his lengthy cancer battle earlier this summer.
To register for the walk or to find out more about the event contact the hospice’s fundraising team on (01429) 855555 or sign up online at www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk