Team of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust workers known as calendar lads raise over £6K with latest charity challenge

A group of hospital staff have completed their latest fund-raising challenge to help youngsters with additional learning needs.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 3:41 pm
Updated Monday, 14th October 2019, 5:16 pm
Participants in this year’s Calendar Lads challenge including Craig Leat.

The Calendar Lads, who got their name because they bared all for a charity calendar for their first challenge in 2013, walked 26 miles per day for four days from Barrow-in-Furness to North Tyneside General Hospital.

The group, who all work for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Northumberland and North Tyneside, raised more than £6,000.

The money is to given to the Trust’s Bright Charity and Clarty Commandos, a forest school which helps youngsters with additional learning needs.

Craig Leathard, charge nurse in the emergency department at The Northumbria hospital, said: “The walk itself was indeed a challenge and we would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and made sure we had everything we needed.

“Clarty Commandos is an inspirational process offering everyone the opportunity to achieve, developing confidence and self-esteem through outdoor learning.

“It is type of initiative appeals to the very essence of the group so we knew we had to be part of it.”

Some of the funds will also be donated to Northumbria’s Bright charity, which supports a number of projects in hospitals and the community which provides the extras which make a difference to people living in Northumberland and North Tyneside. Visit​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.