BLACK Cat legends Jimmy Montgomery and Eric Gates are encouraging men to work up a thirst for charity.
The former SAFC goalkeeper and striker were on hand to launch St Cuthbert’s Hospice latest fund-raiser, Pie and a Pint.
The event, which is being hailed as the male alternative to the charity’s annual women’s only Midnight Walk, is a men’s-only 5km sponsored walk.
Hospice bosses hope that Wearside’s men will take part in the summertime stroll around Durham in July before returning to Durham City Rugby Club for a pie and a pint.
The pair were joined by Simon Martin, of walk sponsor MGL Group, to launch the event before tucking into a pie and a pint to show their support.
Jimmy said: “The event is set to be a fantastic lads’ day out and both myself and Eric are thrilled to be able to support the hospice.
“Not only is Pie and a Pint the perfect opportunity to get a group of mates together, it’s also so worthwhile.
“The work that the hospice does for people in the area is phenomenal and I’d urge everyone to get involved.”
The event will raise vital funds towards the free care services and the hospice is urging groups of men to sign up to the event.
Mr Martin added: “MGL Group is delighted to support St Cuthbert’s Hospice and accordingly sponsor this exciting new event.
“As a Durham-based business we wanted to help this wonderful charity which makes a real difference to the lives of people.”
Each year, about 1,000 people are cared for by the hospice’s free services, including the 24 hour In-Patient Unit, a day hospice and a family support team.
The hospice must raise £4,300 every day to meet running costs.
Laura Barker, of the hospice, said: “Pie and a Pint is set to be a fantastic social event for men – a bit of a challenge with a rewarding and tasty treat at the end.
“The event has stirred up a lot of interest so far.
“We’re hoping that some of our Midnight Walk ladies will encourage the men in their life to sign up.
“We might even see a bit of friendly fund-raising competition between the two events.”
Registration costs £15 per person, which includes entry to the walk, a pie, a pint, or soft drink for under 18s, and an official t-shirt.
The walk is open to men over16 and above.
For more information, visit www.stcuthbertshospice.com or phone Laura Barker on 386 1170.