A North Shields family has used a guide book as inspiration for a 90-mile trek in aid of a good cause.
The walks following the River Tyne has been divided into stages. The first one starting from beyond Kielder took place in January and there are three remaining – the final one is scheduled for May 6.
More than £2,000 has already been raised for the charity Niemann-Pick UK (NPUK). The Maleys know a family who have been affected by this devastating disease.
Sean and Carla Maley and their three boys – Benjamin, 10, and Jonathan and Matthew, eight – have done all the stages so far.
They linked the route to the River Tyne Trail: sources to sea guide book. One of its authors, Peter Donaghy, has joined the family on some of the stages.
Others to come along for one or more of the walks include family, friends, the CEO of NPUK, runners from North Shields Poly and school friends.
Sean said: “The boys wanted to do something to raise money for the charity. The trek was suggested as we have a copy of the guide book and we agreed as a family to do it over a number of stages.
“We started in the snow beyond Kielder and we’ve had to wrap up warm, although thankfully we didn’t have a walk scheduled during the Beast from the East.
“We’ve all enjoyed it so far and the boys are enjoying the blog they have been writing about their experiences on each stage. We’re very grateful to family and friends for their support and all those who have donated.”
The boys also organised a charity day at the school they attend, Monkhouse Primary, where people donated to get a special NPUK wristband, as well as the opportunity to decorate a biscuit and compete in an assault course.
A total of £160 was raised on the day.
The blog is available at http://maleyboys.simplesite.com/437754216 and it includes a link to the fund-raising page on the Virgin Money Giving website.