Intrepid walkers learn about Hartlepool community project during town visit

Walkers at Hartlepool College of Further Education as they pass through town.
Walkers at Hartlepool College of Further Education as they pass through town.
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A team of intrepid walkers were supported by organisations in Hartlepool when they stopped off in town.

The team on their way to Scotland as part of the Great Big Walk initiative spent time with the Hartlepool Action Lab project and at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The Great Big Walk, an Eden Project initiative, saw five teams of walkers set off in different directions from the constituency of murdered MP Jo Cox in Batley, West Yorkshire on May 29.

Along the way, each team is connecting people and celebrating community ahead of the national Big Lunch on Sunday, June 18.

The team heading for Scotland learned about the work of the Hartlepool Action Lab which is supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation that brings together community members, businesses, community groups and the public sector to work together on issues that affect everyone in Hartlepool.

The walkers also met some colourful Star Wars characters at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Peter Stewart, Eden Project executive director, said: “The Great Big Walk is an incredible project that shines a light on people all over the UK doing extraordinary things for their community.

“This project shares the positive impact that people coming together can have.

“We want to help people get to know each other and hope to encourage more neighbours than ever to join in to support The Great Big Walk and take part in The Great Get Together celebrations with The Big Lunch.”

This year’s events are inspired by the first anniversary of the tragic death of Jo Cox who stood for community unity.