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Campaigning dad takes on epic walk from Billingham to Scotland

Andrew Teague has taken on a series of challenges to raise funds and awareness for his campaign D.A.D.S (Dad's Against Double Standards).
Andrew Teague has taken on a series of challenges to raise funds and awareness for his campaign D.A.D.S (Dad's Against Double Standards).

A devoted dad has set off on an epic trek from Billingham to Scotland to raise awareness of the harmful affect family courts can have on children.

Andrew Teague, 54, is walking 183 miles to Edinburgh and then on to Glasgow in the hope of bringing attention to the issues surrounding the family justice system.

The dad-of-four from Swansea, travelled up from Wales to Billingham to embark on the challenge that also looks to raise funds for an educational DVD to be given to schools and education establishments on the issue.

Mr Teague, who has experience of the legal system, founded Facebook group D.A.D.S (Dad’s Against Double Standards) two years go to help others going through a similar situation. The group has nearly 20,000 members.

His focus is on the children affected by the family justice system, which he believes can have a damaging affect on them, leading to issues such as depression.

He decided to start the walk from Billingham as his late father Edward John Teague used to live there.

Mr Teague said: “This is the third walk I have done, the first walk was from Swansea to London which was just under 200 miles and took four days.

“The second was from Swansea to Snowdon.

“These are the warmest weather conditions I have ever had and I hope to do four miles an hour over four to five days.

“We are one of the few groups that support mums and dads and deal with parent alienation.

“Family courts affect children in a lot of ways and the severance of the whole family can cause emotional harm.”

Andrew, who is involved in four other D.A.D.S groups and is also the founder of NAAP - National Association of Alienated Parents - set up this year, said he feels that there needs to be a reform of the family court that takes into account the emotional welfare of children.

Once in Edinburgh he will protest on Holyrood and outside of a family court in Glasgow, having already travelled to 40 courts across the country and in Ireland raising awareness of the issue and for the Shirt off Our Back cause, showing support for those affected by the system.