A YOUNG cancer survivor and his little friend stepped out with a bunch of ‘cool cats’ on a sponsored walk to launch a music-led charity campaign.
Around 25 Mods took part in a sponsored walk from Hartlepool Marina to The Seaton Hotel, at Seaton Carew on Sunday, with 10 like-minded Mod fans making their way to the hotel on scooters.
The event aimed to promote the fact that Hartlepool has been chosen for the North-East leg of next year’s March of the Mods charity initiative in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
It also coincided with the launch of official ticket sales for the town’s involvement in March of the Mods.
The walk was followed by a pie and peas supper at the hotel, with Mod, ska and punk music from The Committee-ments, made up of March of the Mods committee members, plus DJ sets from John McCaffery and Mick Corr.
The launch event raised £1,557 for Teenage Cancer Trust, which will be match-funded by Barclays Bank.
Mick Hudson, 44, from King Oswy, and Kev Maguire, who lives in Stockton, are organising the event with a committee of 12.
Mick said: “We were really pleased with the amount raised.
“When you think it’s not even the main event, whatever we make next year, which is to be doubled by Barclays, should be a lot for the trust.”
March of the Mods is a series of events taking place next year around the country.
In Hartlepool, on March 9, hundreds of Mods from around the region and a host of bands will descend on The Staincliffe Hotel, in Seaton Carew.
These include Ska Boom UK, The Clashed, The Universal, TSS, Nearly Noel Gallagher’s High Flyin’ Birds, Acoustic Weller and Heavy Mod.
DJs include former Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, Eddie Piller, Mick Corr, Steve Driver, Danny Coates and Chris Spring.
A picture signed by the Modfather himself, Paul Weller, will be auctioned on the night.
Committee member John Rogers was on the walk with wife Joanne and daughter Lilli-Jo, and Lillo-Jo’s friend Josh Dawson.
The Mail told earlier this month that six-year-old Josh was given the all-clear from a brain tumour.
Josh and his Holy Trinity Primary School classmate Lilli-Jo took collection buckets along the route.
Taxi driver John said: “The day went really well.
“Teenage Cancer Trust could benefit Josh, as he will need ongoing treatment in the future.”
Tickets for March of the Mods are £8 and available from www.motmhartlepool.co.uk