STAFF from a North East home improvement company walked part of the Pennine Way to raise funds for a life-saving charity.
Six workers from Pennine Home Improvements joined by family and friends, who live across the region, walked a nine-mile stretch of Britain’s oldest National Trail, starting at Steel Rigg in the Northumbria National Park.
The 16-strong team raised £1,650 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) with more fundraising activities planned later in the year.
Walkers rambled along Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, taking in the iconic Sycamore Gap up to Houseteads Fort, looping back via Ridley Common, Stonefolds and Gibbs Hill, before returning to Steel Rigg.
Among the walkers was managing director Graham Auld, from Newcastle, who was cheered on by Miles, the GNAAS mascot bear, who went along to offer his support.
Group member, Nusheen Hussain, head of marketing, said: “We chose to support GNAAS as our charity of the year for 2015, as their work is invaluable to people in the region.
“We’re hoping to raise much more money for them throughout this year and our employees are delighted to be raising money for such a great charity.”
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “The funds raised will go directly towards keeping our helicopter up in the air and their efforts will undoubtedly save lives in the region. We want to say a big thank you to the team.”
Explore 4 All Travel Ltd provided a minibus for the party free of charge, in support of the event.