Big-hearted South Tynesiders take part in annual fund-raiser

Charity champions stepped up for the fight against cancer at the 24hour Faith, Hope and Love walk in South Tyneside.

Walkers young and old took part in the annual extravaganza, held at Bents Park to raise vital funds for Cancer Connections.

Faith, Love and Hope Walkers

Faith, Love and Hope Walkers

“We’ve had more than 120 people staying overnight, camping and doing the 24hour walk,” said organiser Deborah Roberts. “We have a lot of entertainment here and every year it improves.

“It’s our fourth year and each year we bring more to the event. It’s a great atmosphere it’s so family-orientated. The kids love that we have Disney mascots and a performance from South Tyneside Dance Workshop.”

Bill Brennan, 73, from Mortimer Road , walked 30 miles in total for the event.

“I started at 7.30am,” said the granddad-of-three. “I’ve done it before and I like walking so it’s a perfect way to help charity.”

We’ve had more than 120 people staying overnight, camping and doing the 24hour walk.

Event organiser, Deborah Roberts

Mayor of South Tyneside, Richard Porthouse said: “Like all our events in South Tyneside there’s a fantastic community spirit here. This event has just grown and grown and it’s fantastic.

“This is one of my mayor’s chosen charities. There’s not a family in the world that isn’t affected by cancer at some point and this is a great way of getting the message of support out there.”