PEOPLE turned out in force to support a unique walk with a poignant touch.
The first Hartlepool and District Hospice-organised Walk Of Thoughts was held on Sunday offering families a chance to reflect on relatives they have lost.
Men, women and children turned out for the event which started at the Heugh Gun Battery and followed a two-mile route along the sea front to the end of Marine Drive and back.
At the end of the event, walkers were given a commemorative card in tribute to the people in their thoughts.
Hartlepool & District Hospice, based in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, is a registered charity offering specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.
Individuals who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Each patient and their family or carers receive a tailor-made package of services to meet their physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological and cultural needs.
It costs £2.6m to continue providing the current range of services. The Hospice receives 20 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £2.1m must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator for the hospice, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who came and took part in this event in tribute to their loved ones.
“Special thanks go to all at the Heugh Gun Battery for their support.
“After a gloomy looking start to the day, the sun came out and we had a lovely walk.
“It was great to meet so many nice people who were there to raise money for our specialist care services.
“Hopefully this can become an annual event for the hospice.”