Students support local hospice

People mark out 25 at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.

People mark out 25 at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.

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NORTH east students have shown their support to St Oswald’s Hospice by helping them promote their 25th anniversary flagship event, the Midnight Walk.

More than 50 students from Newcastle College’s National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles course descended on Newcastle Civic Centre, where this year’s walk takes place, and formed a huge ‘25’ to help promote the 10km walk.

St Oswald’s is hoping to recruit 2,500 people to take part in the walk, which helps raise money for the services the hospice offers.

Amy Wilson, Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said: “It was fantastic to see the students give up their free time to help support the Hospice.

“They were more than happy to don a St Oswald’s Midnight Walk t –shirt and help us form a giant number ‘25’ to promote our 25th anniversary flagship event, the Midnight Walk.”

Last year’s walk attracted 1,200 and raised £118,000 for the charity and to mark the 25th birthday of the Hospice, St Oswald’s are aiming to make this year’s walk bigger and better.

Janet Maddison, Course Leader at Newcastle College, said: “We are always happy to help St Oswald’s with promoting their fundraising events.

“Our first and second year students were more than willing to give up some of their free time to raise awareness of St Oswald’s Midnight Walk. We hope the event raises lots of money for such a fantastic local charity.”

St Oswald’s Midnight Walk takes place on Saturday July 9 from Newcastle Civic Centre. To register or for more information call 0191 246 9123, email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org