THIRTY youngsters and 15 members of staff from a Hartlepool nursery stepped out in style to raise cash for a runner taking part in the Virgin London Marathon this weekend in memory of schoolgirld Becky Bell.
Steve Hope is to take part in the world-famous marathon to raise money for Clic Sargent - the charity which helped Becky during her battle with a cancerous brain tumour, which claimed her life in January 2012.
And backing his cause was Scallywags Nursery, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, who all took part in a sponsored Onesie Waddle.
The children and staff all toddled from the nursery in Warrior Drive, along Seaton Front, and back.
And they managed to raise a whopping £1,220 for Steve’s charity challenge which was organised by the nursery’s Kelly Pearson..
Donna Jeffries, food practitioner from the nursery, said: “It was fantastic and the kids really enjoyed it. Everyone’s been so generous.”
Thirty-two-year-old Steve, whose wife Charlotte is Becky’s mum’s cousin, has ran several half marathon’s in the youngster’s memory, including The Great North Run.
But the London Marathon, on Sunday will be his first full marathon of 26.2 miles.
Dedicated Steve, a technician at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, has been training for the event for the past seven months.
He has been practising in bitterly cold winter weather, and on evenings and weekends when he is not at work.
He has managed to run 20 miles in about two hours and 40 minutes, so training ahead of the actual marathon will see him push himself that bit further to reach the distance he needs to complete the event, which is attended by people from across the globe.
Anyone wanting to donate should log onto www.justgiving.com/steviehope or text SHCS91 followed by the amount pledged to 70070.