Superheroes take to the streets

Darlington and Stockton Times: St. Teresa's Hospice staff and volunteers got pushy on Saturday when they wheeled hospice worker Joyce Ramsdale through the centre of Darlington to the Pease Monument in a hospital bed to raise cash for the facility and raise awareness. (6961458) St. Teresa's Hospice staff and volunteers got pushy on Saturday when they wheeled hospice worker Joyce Ramsdale through the centre of Darlington to the Pease Monument in a hospital bed to raise cash for the facility and raise awareness. (6961458)

A GROUP of superheroes braved the rain to push a hospital bed around Darlington at the weekend.

Hundreds of pounds were raised in aid of a North-East charity when volunteers donned superhero outfits to push hospice worker Joyce Ramsdale around the streets.

Saturday's charity bed run was organised in aid of St Teresa’s Hospice by a group which included dedicated volunteer Nancy Spencer.

Mrs Spencer, who has worked with the hospice for more than 15 years, said: “It was brilliant, we had such good fun.

“I don’t know how much money we have raised yet but I think it’s about £200.

“The town was quite quiet and it started raining towards the end but we still had a good time.”

The team were rewarded for their efforts by the local branch of Starbucks, whose manager supplied refreshments following the bed push.

Mrs Spencer said the group – including a number of pensioners – wanted to raise awareness of the work done by the hospice and to highlight the work of its staff.

The bed push started at the hospice’s charity shop in Skinnergate and finished at the Pease Monument.

St Teresa’s Hospice works across South Durham and North Yorkshire to provide services including day therapy, in-patient care, family support and help with bereavement.

The independent charity relies on donations and fundraising to deliver their work.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit darlingtonhospice.org.uk.

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