A HOSPICE is edging closer towards reaching its fundraising target for the year after raising more than £40,000 at an annual walking event.
Before Christmas, the Mail reported that Hartlepool and District Hospice was facing a race against time to raise the 2m it needs each year to balance the books.
However, the coffers have been strengthened significantly thanks to the kind donations of more than 600 people who took part in the Midnight Walk.
Hospice bosses announced that they have so far raised 41,610.48 in donations from the walk, but have appealed to those who are yet to submit their sponsor money.
Carol Burdess, director of facilities at the Wells Avenue-based, said; "Everyone at the hospice would like to say a big thank you to those who took part and helped to raise such a large amount of money.
"It was a fantastic event and it's brilliant to see so many people out on the streets of Hartlepool raising money for the cause."
Around 620 fundraisers took part in the walk, in September last year, to raise money for the hospice.
Bereaved family members and those who have battled cancer in the past walked for around seven miles from the Maritime Experience to Seaton Carew golf club and back.
Carol added: "Every penny we raise is much appreciated and it will go towards the running of the hospice."
After the success of last year's event, Carol is now calling on the people of Hartlepool to lace up their walking shoes in preparation for this year's event.
She said: "Details of this year's walk will be available very soon and hopefully we can get even more people out raising money this time around.
Details about the 2011 Midnight Walk will be available in the coming weeks by visiting www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.