Staff reach new heights for cash

The Northumberland Team on the Summit of Scafell Pike.
The Northumberland Team on the Summit of Scafell Pike.

COUNTY council staff scaled the highest mountain in England to raise money for Romanian children.

The 30-strong team from across Northumberland County Council generated more than £2,000 for the charity by climbing Scafell Pike.

They scaled the mountain via the Corridor Route in less than eight hours.

Dawn Dixon, one of the employees who took part in the climb, said: “I’d done lots of walking in the Cheviots before but I was surprised at how much of a challenge this really was.

“I was delighted to get to the top, and to have contributed to the fundraising is such an amazing experience.”

Robbie Burn, who heads up Northumbria Police Aid to Romanian Children, the charity the team was supporting, was delighted with the group’s efforts.

He said: “We’ve got a container of resources waiting to go out to schools in Romania, but we needed £1,000 to get it under way.

“The team from Northumberland County Council has now made sure that we meet our deadline.

“The equipment will get there in time for the start of term in September.”

Jill Kinghorn, event organiser, offered her praise and thanks, saying: “I’m so proud of everyone for getting to the top.

“A big thank you to Will Close-Ash and his team from Mountain Energy for making sure we achieved the climb safely.”

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