Hospice raises £50,000 from midnight walk

Melanie Black and friend Kirsty Latue at St Cuthbert's Hospice midnight walk
Melanie Black and friend Kirsty Latue at St Cuthbert's Hospice midnight walk
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A HOSPICE is celebrating after raising £50,000.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham, raised the huge sum thanks to a sponsored Midnight Walk.

The event, which was held last month, saw 700 women cover 10k through the streets of Durham, in aid of the centre which provides free care to people with life-limiting illnesses.

Melanie Black, 41, of Durham, suffers from a number of bowel disorders which affect her health, sometimes preventing her from leaving her house for days.

However, Melanie put them to one side to complete the walk in memory of her friend, Thomas Henry, who died aged 32 of leukaemia and received care at St Cuthbert’s. “As soon as I saw the Midnight Walk, I knew it was an event I had to take part in,” she said. “I loved the fact that it was at night because, with my confidence at a low, I knew I wouldn’t feel self-conscious.

 “Thomas was a brilliant person and a friend to all who knew him. I’ll never forget his kindness, and wanted to give something back to St Cuthbert’s Hospice who really supported Thomas and his family at that very sad time.

 “The morning of the Midnight Walk, I was in extreme pain and began to worry I would not be able to take part. A friend promised to support me on the route round and, with will and determination, I managed the 10K.”

 Melanie’s effort raised more than £365.