Weekend walk for hospice

St Hilds school sponsored walkers pictured before setting off.
St Hilds school sponsored walkers pictured before setting off.

KIND-HEARTED pupils gave up their warm beds for a sponsored walk on a cold weekend morning.

Staff and students at St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool supported the annual fundraising drive in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Saturday’s walk was a great success with around 30 youngsters and teachers turning out for the trek along the Hart to Haswell Walkway.

Similar sponsored walks by St Hild’s have raised more than £5,000 for town charities over the last decade.

St Hild’s head of citizenship Tom Bisset said: “The kids love it. I’m always very proud of them and the way they make the effort.

“It is because they know how important the causes they are doing it for are top the town.

“In the last 10 years we have raised over £5,000. We hold a similar walk in the spring for the RNLI and every November we do it for the hospice.”

“We raise about £400 or £500 a year and maybe more than that in the last five years.”

The students collected sponsorship from family and friends but the amount they raised from Saturday’s eight-mile walk is yet to be announced.

In March, big-hearted St Hild’s students and staff once again took to the Hart to Haswell Walkway and raised over £700 for Hartlepool RNLI.

The cash raised on Saturday’s walk will go to help people suffering from life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease cared for by the hospice.

Greg Hildreth, events fundraiser at the hospice in Wells Avenue, praised the school.

He said: “St Hild’s have been great supporters of the hospice for a long time and their continued support is fantastic.

“We are grateful to everyone who took part or sponsored the walkers.

“All the money raised will go directly to our patient care services and support like this is absolutely vital to keeping the hospice going.”