LADIES led the way on a 10km stroll under the stars to help a children’s hospice.
About 250 women took part in the fourth Midnight Walk, along Sunderland coast, in aid of the Grace House Appeal.
The event began at the Seaburn Centre and followed a route along the coast, to the marina, St Peter’s Church and the National Glass Centre, before returning to the start point.
Event organiser Karen Maclennan, of the Grace House Appeal, said: “It was brilliant.
“The ladies said it was the first time they had been able to walk along the beach and the council kept on the new decorative lighting by extending its hours, which was really nice.”
The walkers set off after a mass warm-up thanks to a Skinny Pigs trainer. Afterwards, they were rewarded for their fund-raising efforts with a feast dished-up by Pizza Uno, who served 50 pizzas at the Seaburn Centre.
In addition to the companies who backed Sunday morning’s event, Karen added her thanks to the volunteers who helped marshal the route and Raynet, which helped run the radio communications to allow the event to go smoothly.
The first walker passed over the finish line after one hour and 10 minutes, with most participants taking between an hour-and-a-half to two hours to complete the route.
The next fund-raising events for the Grace House Appeal will be the Great North Run on September 16, with places available to runners who would like to support the project, and the Race For Grace, which will be held at Herrington Country Park on September 23.
Anyone who would like more information can visit www.gracehouse.co.uk.