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Great East End Walk raises nearly £30,000

PUBLISHED: 08:24 15 July 2015

The Dalston Darlings, WI group who manned the vintage tea party marquee at  the Great East End Walk for St Joseph's. Photo Adam Hollier

The Dalston Darlings, WI group who manned the vintage tea party marquee at the Great East End Walk for St Joseph's. Photo Adam Hollier

Adam Hollier

Almost 200 people trekked across the East End to raise about £30,000 for St Joseph's Hospice on Sunday.

David Ronan, Julie Ronan, Sue Ronan, Tina Barrett, Ronan Barrett, James Barrett who completed the Great East End Walk for St Joseph's. Photo Adam HollierDavid Ronan, Julie Ronan, Sue Ronan, Tina Barrett, Ronan Barrett, James Barrett who completed the Great East End Walk for St Joseph's. Photo Adam Hollier

Dubbed the Great East End Walk, the 10 and 15 mile routes finished at Well Street Common where people gathered for a ‘Summer Knees Up’, and the St Joseph’s choir kicked off the entertainment with a medley of old East End songs to get the crowd in the mood.

The Dalston Darlings Women’s Institute group served tea and cakes in a vintage themed marquee and Lindy Hoppers danced along to singer My Mate George.

Chief Executive of the hospice in Mare Street, Michael Kerin, said: “The walk was fascinating, taking in parts of the East End that I didn’t even know existed.

“The money raised is the main reason we organise these events as it costs £15 million a year to keep the hospice running, £7 million of which needs to be raised through charitable donations.

“Although there were some very tired people at the end, everyone had a lot of fun.”

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