THOUSANDS of walkers turned out to walk along Wirral's coastline for charity yesterday.
The annual event, now in its 18th year, is one of the biggest dates in Merseyside charities' calendars, raising more than £150,000.
Walkers representing a range of charities in Wirral took part in the 15-mile trek which took in some of the peninsula's most stunning views.
It started at Seacombe ferry terminal before ending at Thurstaston on the Dee.
Among those taking part were six ambulance workers who were walking to raise money for Clatterbridge cancer campaign.
They were inspired by one of their patients, Leah Philips, a five-year-old who has to go regularly to Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology for treatment.
The six, all patient transport service workers, who took part were Mary Andrews, Peter Bell, Dianne McGann, Angela McNaughton, Karen Parry and Brian Sacker.
Mr Sacker said: "I didn't realise that children as well as adults were treated at Clatterbridge, and I was so impressed by Leah's courage and cheerfulness that I felt I just had to do something.
"So I asked around and a group of us are doing the Wirral Coastal Walk to raise funds for the Clatterbridge Cancer Campaign. It is a very worthwhile cause."
Leah's father, Anthony Philips, added "We have received unbelievable support from Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology as well as from Alder Hey and are really pleased to be able to give support to the Clatterbridge Cancer Campaign."
Four chronically-ill teenagers from Claire House hospice also took part by going round the Wirral Way in their wheelchairs.
The children's hospice, in Bebington, wants to create a separate area for young people with life-threatening illnesses to stay.
Friends Miro Griffiths, David Buckley, Aaron Webb and Adam Vout decided to form the Wirral Walk Wheelies, and completed the walk in an effort to try to raise money for the new £2m wing.
Margaret Davies, campaigns manager, said: "It has been a worthwhile day even though completing the event was a lot of hard work as the weather was so hot. It has been a great way to raise money and awareness for our campaign."
The event, which started in 1986, is organised by North Wirral Rotary Club.