Family finish River Tyne charity trail

A North Shields family has completed the final stage of a 90-mile trek for a good cause.

Friday, 18th May 2018, 2:00 pm
The Maley family and Peter Donaghy pictured at the trek finish marker at Tynemouth Pier.

Sean and Carla Maley and their three boys – Benjamin, 11, and Jonathan and Matthew, nine – linked the route to the River Tyne Trail: sources to sea guide book.

One of its authors, Peter Donaghy, has done some of the stages with them, including all of the final 12-mile walk from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge to Tynemouth Pier.

Friends, family and others joined in at different parts of the walk and there were about 50 people at the end.

About £4,000 has been raised for the charity Niemann-Pick UK (NPUK). The Maleys know a family who have been affected by this devastating disease.

NPUK chief executive Toni Mathieson went along to congratulate the family for their efforts.

Sean said: “There were mixed emotions for the boys at the end. They were thrilled to complete the challenge, but a bit sad because they really enjoyed the walks.

“We’ve received many messages by email and on social media saying how well they had done and how inspired people have been after reading their blog.”

Benjamin added: “I really enjoyed walking in the snow at Kielder and we had a great party after the final walk.

“All three of us have had lots of nice comments from our friends.”

The blog is available at – it includes a link to the fund-raising page on the Virgin Money Giving website.