Women step out to help oth­ers

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

HUN­DREDS of women have united in an 11k walk­ing chal­lenge as they joined Teesside Hospice’s 10th an­nual Mid­night Walk.

The walk­ers, dressed in pink, strode along Red­car prom­e­nade to Marske and back again, rais­ing over £30,000 for their ef­forts.

The ladies-only night out be­gan with a warm up from Toni McGlone from Club­ber­cise Teesside, mu­sic from TFM and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

And those who com­pleted the walk were pre­sented with a pocket mir­ror along­side a much needed hot drink and sausage bun.

Many of those tak­ing part wrote per­sonal mes­sages on their back signs as the night rep­re­sented a deeper mean­ing for them.

One of the walk­ers, Karen Smith, com­pleted the chal­lenge in me­mory of her best friend, Tanya Har­vey, who passed away at Teesside Hospice fol­low­ing a short bat­tle with cancer.

Karen said, “Tanya’s di­ag­no­sis was a dev­as­tat­ing shock and she de­clined very quickly over a short pe­riod of time.

“In Au­gust 2016 she was ad­mit­ted to Teesside Hospice for end-of-life care.

“Un­der­stand­ing her sit­u­a­tion, Tanya had looked into the op­tions avail­able to her and Teesside Hospice was where she wanted to be – not only for her own care but be­cause of the ser­vices her fam­ily and friends could ac­cess af­ter­wards.”

Karen con­tin­ued, “The care, fa­cil­i­ties and staff at Teesside Hospice are amaz­ing and it is all set within a beau­ti­ful build­ing and sur­round­ings.

“They couldn’t do enough for Tanya and were so ac­com­mo­dat­ing to her fam­ily and friends.

“It’s be­cause of this that my­self, my daugh­ters, Tanya’s daugh­ter Caitlin, her other best friend Sarah, fam­ily, friends and work col­leagues de­cided to take part in the 2017 Mid­night Walk to hon­our her me­mory.

“It’s a way for us all to come to­gether for a very spe­cial per­son whilst rais­ing funds for a very spe­cial place.”

Mar­ket­ing and fundrais­ing man­ager, Deb­bie Coul­son, said: “We can’t thank the ladies enough for com­ing along and show­ing their sup­port for Teesside Hospice.

“It is only with their help that we can con­tinue to pro­vide our care to the lo­cal com­mu­nity for those that need it most.”

Next year’s event will take place on Satur­day, June 16.

Reg­is­ter your in­ter­est at mar­ket­ing@teesside­hos­pice.co.uk.

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