A CALL has gone out to people to step out in style and help raise funds for one of South Tyneside’s leading charities.
Cancer Connections will be holding its annual Mad March Hair walk on Sunday, March 31.
The event, now in its fifth year, raises thousands of pounds each year for the charity, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields.
Those taking part are encouraged to wear wacky wigs or fun headgear or style their hair like they have never done before.
Walkers can either take the 1.5-mile route, from Souter Lighthouse to Marsden Bank and back again or, for those willing to go the extra distance, there is a five-mile walk from Souter Lighthouse to Gypsies Green Stadium and back.
Co-founder of Cancer Connections, Deborah Roberts, said: “Every year this event just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and everyone has a great time.
“It is an absolutely fantastic day, and it’s heartwarming to see so many people, of all ages, turn out to raise money for the charity.”
She added: “People take part in it for so many reasons. It can be in memory of someone they’ve lost to cancer, and in celebration of those who have beaten the disease.
“It’s also quite fitting, as cancer patients don’t always have the choice over how to wear their hair.”
The sponsored walk starts at 11am.
Free goody bags will be handed to those taking part.
Everyone will also be given a DVD of the event once their sponsor money is paid in.
Cancer Connections offers advice, support, counselling and complementary therapies to cancer sufferers and their family and friends.
Anyone who wants a sponsorship form, or more information, can contact Cancer Connections on 456 5081 or e-mail email@example.com, including your name, address and contact number, or drop in to the charity’s base.