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World Cup march for Sunderland children’s hospice

Members of the Catch 22 project in Sunderland who are doing National Citizenship Service get ready for the World Cup Walk for Grace House next month

Members of the Catch 22 project in Sunderland who are doing National Citizenship Service get ready for the World Cup Walk for Grace House next month

FOOTBALL-mad charity fund-raisers will step out under the stars tonight for Children’s Hospice Week.

This year’s Children’s Hospice Week is focusing on the round-the-clock care provided to seriously ill children by families, professionals, children’s hospices and services across the UK.

Those youngsters often need constant support and Wearsiders are being encouraged to join Grace House volunteers as they hold their 10k World Cup Walk this evening.

The trek sets off from the Stadium of Light at 7pm, before taking in Sunderland’s sea front and heading back to the home of the Black Cats in time to see England take on Italy in their tournament opener which kicks off at 11pm. Places are still available.

Karen Maclennan, senior fund-raiser at Grace House, said: “We are inviting you to join us and watch England’s first game against Italy in the World Cup live in the Black Cat’s Bar at the Stadium of Light.

“The game will be screened at 11pm after pre-match build-up, interviews and a meal of either traditional English steak and ale pie and chips, bolognese or penne pasta with arrabiatta sauce.

“There is also a full bar service until 1am.

“To help prepare for England’s first game we are inviting you to take up your own challenge and help us raise money for Grace House.

“There is no minimum sponsorship amount. We just know that you will raise as much as you can to help us open in the next few months.

“We have prepared a 10k walk from the Stadium of Light to Seaburn and back again. It will take you along some of our beautiful coastline enabling you to walk across the sand from Roker to Seaburn.

“So please help and show that we do care and take part in our World Cup Walk.”

Entry for the walk is £12 and includes a meal, medal and flags to wave while walking along the route.

 

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