A group of friends who hold an annual walk for cancer care did so in memory of a special member this year.
The group who stroll from Hartlepool Marina to Seaton Carew every year held it in tribute to their close friend Karen McIntosh.
Karen, who sadly died earlier this year at the age of 55, was a regular member of the group who walked every year – helping raise thousands of pounds for breast cancer care at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
The group will use the funds to go towards their work giving holistic support and advice to people with cancer.
This was after the organiser Val Kitching asked Karen’s parents Elaine and Peter Smith which charity they would like to choose this year.
Val, who visits the University Hospital of Hartlepool every year to present the funds, said: “This event has always been so special to all of us involved – but this year held a particular significance.
“It was a fabulous and successful morning with 25 people in total, on a day full of sunshine and everyone wore pink.
“We want to thank everyone who took part for such a special cause – raising such a fantastic sum for cancer care at our local NHS trust.
Further donations were raised, online, amounting to £1130, going directly to Macmillan Cancer Support charity. £730 of this sum being raised by Baily Group Peterlee, Karen’s employer.
Also, £500 was collected at Karen’s funeral for the chemotherapy unit at Hartlepool hospital.
Alan, cancer survivorship manager, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part for raising what is a magnificent sum of money.
“One of the initiatives we have is a craft and chat group who make special cushions for our breast care patients.
“Part of the funds the walkers have helped raise will go towards the materials we need to buy for these cushions.
“It’s going to a fantastic cause – we really appreciate it.”