Judge on a 100-mile trek for youth charity

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A TOP judge is taking part in a charity walk to raise cash for a sail training charity.

Judge Peter Fox QC, Honorary Recorder of Middlesbrough, started a 100-mile trek on Saturday from the source of the River Tees to the North Sea to raise funds for Ocean Youth Trust North.

Judge Fox, holder of the highest legal office in Teesside, is retiring next month following 24 years as a judge at Teesside Crown Court and 45 years in legal practice.

The former Royal Navy officer and lifelong sailing enthusiast is hoping to complete the 100-mile route from Great Dun Fell, which is 2,672ft above sea level on the Pennine Way, and finishing at the newly refurbished South Jetty at the entrance to Middlehaven Dock, in Middlesbrough.

All funds raised will go to Ocean Youth Trust North (OYTN), a youth development and sail training charity for the North of England which provides adventure under sail voyages on James Cook, a 70ft 54-tonne yacht named after Middlesbrough’s Captain James Cook.

Judge Fox said: “Sail training is a challenging experience where you form lasting friendships, meet challenges and develop a sense of respect for yourself and others. It has the power to transform a person and give young people the belief they need to get on in life.”

The sponsored six-day trek started on Saturday and is set to finish on Thursday.

Steve Lennon, managing director of Ocean Youth Trust North, said: “Judge Fox has been a passionate supporter of our work for years. We can’t thank him enough for taking on this gruelling challenge. Every penny raised helps us teach young people valuable life skills through sailing.”

People can support Judge Fox’s walk from source to sea by pledging donations at http://www.justgiving.com/Ocean-Youth-Trust-North-Judge-Fox.

They can also donate in person at Teesside Crown Court or by sending cheques by post to Peter Fox QC, Combined Court Centre, Russell Street, Middlesbrough T21 2AE.