FUND-RAISERS turned to fowl play to help terminally-ill patients on Wearside.
St Benedict’s Hospice held its second annual Turkey Trot in Mowbray Park at the weekend.
Dozens of runners donned costumes to tackle the 2km route around the park on Sunday.
Turkeys of all ages warmed up with a series of stretching exercises before Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Iain Kay and Coun Barbara McClennan, officially started the run.
“There was a lot of cheering and a lot of happy faces when they were doing their warm-up exercises,” said hospice fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham.
“They were all jumping about doing keep-fit exercises to ‘Let’s Turkey Trot,’ which was hilarious.
“We would hear cheering as they were running around the park and then, when they came back, the Mayor and Mayoress handed out medals, which were really packets of sage and onion stuffing on ribbons. Everybody thought that was a really nice touch.
“The lights were just coming on as it finished, so the families had the opportunity to take a look around the park before they went home.”
More than 60 runners took part in the event, with some volunteers signing up on the day, though it is too early to predict how much will have been raised.
“We won’t know exactly what the final total will be until everyone has sent their sponsorship money in,” said Sylvia. “But we hope it will be several thousands of pounds.”
Plans are already under way for next year’s event.