Trio’s marathon Metro journey for 11 charities

Paul Lawton, Steve Wilkinson and Phil Pugh at Tynemouth station, their 49th station during the Metro 60 Charity Challenge.
Paul Lawton, Steve Wilkinson and Phil Pugh at Tynemouth station, their 49th station during the Metro 60 Charity Challenge.
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Metro stations in North Tyneside are to play host to a marathon one-day fundraising challenge.

Three intrepid fundraisers plan to visit all 60 Metro stations to raise money for 11 north east charities.

Starting at Newcastle Airport, they will get on and off at each station, before finishing at St James’ around 15 hours later.

The Metro 60 Charity Challenge on Tuesday, April 26, is aiming to raise £60,000.

Steve Wilkinson, one of the organisers, said: “Metro 60 is an idea I had a few years ago.

“I didn’t know whether it was possible, so I went through all the timetables and found that it was – but it would take 15 hours and had never been tried before – so I thought it was an ideal way to raise some money for local charities.”

Businesses based near each station are being asked whether they want to sponsor a leg of the record-breaking journey.

Steve has teamed up with friends Phil Pugh and Paul Lawton.

Paul said: “It made sense to help Steve achieve his dream and at the same time assist the good causes we already work with.

“I just wish he’d had the idea a few years ago before the Metro was extended.”

Paul Walker, customer service director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates Metro on behalf of Nexus, said: “We hope that Steve, Paul and Phil enjoy their day on Metro and we wish them the very best of luck in their fundraising challenge.

“We will be interested to hear any feedback from Steve on how we can improve our offer further for passengers who use a wheelchair.”

The charities benefiting from the challenge are: The Sunshine Fund, 4 Louis, Hope for Kidz, Silverline Memories, Heal and Toe Children’s Charity, Coco, Downs Syndrome North East, NE Autism, Tiny Lives, Off The Rail Kids and Willow Burn Hospice.

For further details visit www.metro60challenge.com