Cash boost from walkers

Pictured: Hartlepool adult mental health teams don their walking boots in the name of fundraising''L-R: Kevin Hunton-Young, occupational therapy technician; Dale Smith, support worker, intensive support team; Lawrence Gibbon, social worker; Steve Robertson, community psychiatric nurse; Craig Atkinson, community psychiatric nurse; Colin Rowley, advance practitioner; Clare Morgans, consultant psychiatrist and Helen Bolas, clinical psychologist.
Pictured: Hartlepool adult mental health teams don their walking boots in the name of fundraising''L-R: Kevin Hunton-Young, occupational therapy technician; Dale Smith, support worker, intensive support team; Lawrence Gibbon, social worker; Steve Robertson, community psychiatric nurse; Craig Atkinson, community psychiatric nurse; Colin Rowley, advance practitioner; Clare Morgans, consultant psychiatrist and Helen Bolas, clinical psychologist.
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​HEALTH professionals from Hartlepool donned their walking boots and backpacks to complete a fundraising walking challenge.

The eight-strong group, who all work for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, teamed up to raise funds and provide additional equipment for patient activities and cancer charities.

Staff from the adult psychosis team at Stewart House and intensive support team at Sandwell Park, in Hartlepool, braved rain and strong winds during the day’s walk.

They completed the 15-mile trek across parts of the North Yorkshire Moors in around six hours and raised a total of £300.

The adult psychosocial team cares for people aged 18 plus, who are experiencing distressing symptoms of psychosis or mood related disorders, such as psychosis, schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder.

The intensive support team care for people aged 18 plus who receive intervention from inpatient services at Sandwell Park.

Starting at Clay Bank car park, near Stokesley, they took in Botton Head, the highest point on the moors, Bloworth Crossing on Greenhow Moor, Kildale, walked up to Captain Cook’s monument near Great Ayton and finished by climbing Roseberry Topping at Newton under Roseberry.

Kevin Hunton-Young, occupational therapy technician and organiser of the walk, said: “We are very proud of both our walking and fundraising achievements.

“It was definitely worth it, despite the sore feet and aching bones.

“We raised £300 which is fantastic and our thanks go to all those who supported us. The funds will be donated to local cancer charities.”