Every step makes life a little better

Children from schools all over Tyneside were boosting their health yesterday while raising funds for St Oswald's Hospice.

Children from schools all over Tyneside were boosting their health yesterday while raising funds for St Oswald's Hospice.

Over 1,700 year-six pupils descended on Gateshead International Stadium for the hospice's annual 4km sponsored walk.

Schools joining in included those in South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, St Oswald's Community Fundraiser Northumberland and Washington.

Bev Heron said: "This is our fourth annual schools walk - and as always we've been overwhelmed by the amount of schools wishing to take part.

"The event not only aims to raise money for St Oswald's but we're also promoting healthy living too.

"I'd like to say thank you to all of the school children and teachers taking part, the sponsors Go Ahead, and Northumbrian Water for supplying the bottled water."

Each participant received a bottle of water, donated by Northumbrian Water, and baseball cap at the start of the walk, with fruit, a medal and commemorative certificate at the finish line.

There was also entertainment en route from local band Freerunner, Tyne & Wear Fire Safety Department and Kielder Bird of Prey Centre.

Carolyn King from Northumbrian Water said: "Remember - drinking eight glasses of water every day will help you increase your fitness level.

"Just a 2% loss of body water can result in a 10% drop in physical and mental performance - start drinking today!"

St Oswald's provides hospice care to adults and children from across the North-East who have life-limiting conditions.

Annual running costs top £6m, of which £4.5m must be raised through voluntary giving.

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