Pals’ fundraiser

Mason & Gerald Martin worker Terry McCormack and Lauren Pickering set off from the funeral directors on a sponsored walk to Wingate in aid of Butterwick Childrens' Hospice.
Mason & Gerald Martin worker Terry McCormack and Lauren Pickering set off from the funeral directors on a sponsored walk to Wingate in aid of Butterwick Childrens' Hospice.

TWO good friends are delighted – but aching – after completing a 12–mile walk in memory of a schoolgirl and raising £300 charity cash to boot.

Terry McCormack, a funeral service operative at Mason & Gerald Martin Funeral Directors, in Park Road, Hartlepool, decided to complete the sponsored walk with his pal Lauren Pickering, a civil servant.

The kind–hearted pair decided to complete the walk in memory of Terry’s childhood friend Ashley Carter, who died from a brain tumour aged just 14, in 2006.

And they chose to donate any cash they raised to the charity which cared for her, Butterwick Children’s Hospice, in Stockton.

Terry, 20, and Lauren, 21, of South Parade, Hartlepool, set off from Mason and Martin at 9am on Saturday and reached their destination of Speckman’s Funeral Service, in Wingate, at midday.

Terry, from Bruntoft Avenue, in the West View area pof Hartlepool, said: “Me and Lauren both wanted to do something for the Butterwick as it means a lot to both of us, so we decided to do the walk.

“My boss at work, Gerald Martin, suggested we walked to the firm’s other funeral branch in Wingate.

“We thought that was a good challenge so that’s what we decided to do.”

He added: “We feel really proud of ourselves for completing the walk, although we’ve got sore feet and aching legs!

“I’m sure we’ll get over the though .

“We’re also chuffed to bits to have raised over £300 togive to the Butterwick.

“We’re over the moon.”

Terry said he would like to say a special thanks to Gerald Martin, from Mason and Martin Funeral Directors, who paid for their charity t-shirts and donated a lump sum to their charitable kitty.

Terry said: “Gerald was our main sponsor and we’d like to let him know how grateful we are for that.

“We can’t wait to hand the money over to the Butterwick.”