Stepping out for the air ambulance

From left, Anthony Holmes of Peterlee Lions, Roy Ritchie, Peterlee Council sport development officer Sharon Pounder, Arthur Parkinson of Peterlee Lions, Lauren Lang of County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust and David Hughes of Peterlee Lions

From left, Anthony Holmes of Peterlee Lions, Roy Ritchie, Peterlee Council sport development officer Sharon Pounder, Arthur Parkinson of Peterlee Lions, Lauren Lang of County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust and David Hughes of Peterlee Lions

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A CHARITABLE group is inviting people to step out through beautiful countryside to help raise money for a life-saving organisation.

The Peterlee and District Lions club is hosting a sponsored charity fun walk in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

It will be held on Sunday, May 29 and start at Helford Road Pavilion in Peterlee.

The three-mile walk will leave the pavilion at 10.15am and take in a course that includes a trail through the nearby Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve, before heading back to the pavilion.

Founder member of the club, Tommy Miller, said: “We chose the air ambulance because we know it’s done quite a few lifts around here and we know it relies on donations.

It comes after a 12-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital by the life-saving service after a car crash in Middle Street in Blackhall earlier this month.

The boy was discharged a day later.

The event is being supported by Peterlee Town Council, Natural England, Peterlee Walking Club and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

Roy Ritchie, vice-chairman of the walking club, said: “We are delighted to support the Lions in this fundraiser as we think the Great North Air Ambulance is a marvellous charity.”

Chris Pope, Natural England’s senior reserve manager at the dene, will lead the walk.

She said: “We hope this venture becomes an annual event.

“People will be able to see some wonderful sights on the walk while helping charity at the same time.”

There will also be a raffle during the event, which is open to anyone aged 12 and over.

Twelve-to-16-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for the event is £1 and registration and sponsor forms are available from the pavilion or by calling (0191) 5869957.

The deadline to register is May 22.