A 50-STRONG team of fund-raisers are recruiting men and women to put their best foot first for a good cause.
The team, dubbed the Lambton Ladies, are today urging people to take part in St Cuthbert’s Hospice marathon of summer events.
Group leader and landlady of the Lambton Arms, in Sherburn Village, Kathryn Allot, began fund-raising for the charity two years ago after her best friend Sheila Walton received care there.
The inseparable pair, who had been friends for 30 years, both supported the hospice’s Midnight Walk two years ago, just months before Sheila, 52, died after her brave battle with cancer.
Kathryn said: “Sheila had fought cancer twice when she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2010.
“We were both devastated, but she was determined to live life to the full.
“St Cuthbert’s helped us all so much, they gave us support in every area that we needed, from emotional support to financial advice, which is why I choose to support them year after year.”
On June 23, hundreds of women are expected to take part in a Saturday night out with a twist when they take part in the annual Midnight Walk.
Starting at St Leonard’s School playing field, the sea of women dressed in pink will snake through Durham, taking in a 10km route.
On July 22, the men’s walk, Pie and A Pint, will make its debut with a 5km walk taking place from Durham City Rugby Club, rounded off with a pie, a pint and a pub quiz.
Last year, the Lambton Ladies raised more than £4,000 - enough cash to fund running costs and care for one day at the hospice.
Kathryn has also held fundraisers throughout the year, raking in a total of £8,000 for the charity.
Event organiser at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Laura Barker, said: “Kathryn and the team at the Lambton Arms are doing a fantastic job recruiting men for Pie and a Pint which is exactly what we need.
“We’re looking for men to get on board and cook up a bit of friendly, fundraising competition between the lads and the lasses.”
The Midnight Walk is open to women and accompanied female children over the age of 12.
Registration costs £10 per person and will close on Tuesday.
Pie and A Pint is open to men over the age of 16 and registration costs £15 per person, which includes entry to the event, a pie, a pint, or soft drink for under 18s, and an official T-shirt.
For more infromation, visit www.stcuthbertshospice.com or phone Laura on 386 1170.