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.