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Social workers walk an inspiring 100km for children’s charity

News   •   May 29, 2014 11:16 BST

This month, a team from the Great North Children’s Hospital embarked on a fundraising challenge for charity, The Sick Children’s Trust.

A small team of five social workers: Annette Corley, Julie Eardley, Vicky Gordon, Lynn Lockhart and Liz McElvenny walked the first stage of St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne across two days beginning on the 23 May. The team will complete the challenge by tackling the second stage on 4 July.

St Cuthbert’s Way is one of the most varied long-distance walks in Britain and is host to spectacular views. In total the team will cover a challenging 100km each in the hope of raising money for the charity.

The Sick Children’s Trust provides ‘Home from Home’ accommodation as well as emotional and practical support for families who have seriously ill children in hospital. The charity’s Crawford House is based at the Great North Children’s Hospital and there is also work in progress to build a second ‘Home from Home’ at the Freeman Hospital. The appeal, launched by The Sick Children’s Trust and the Children’s Heart Unit Fund, will see a new 18 bedroom house which will accommodate the families of children who are undergoing heart surgery.

Lynn Lockhart, 55, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne said “The team and I know Gail and the house staff at Crawford House very well and have always been so impressed with the accommodation they provide for families who are going through extremely stressful times. The house is safe and quiet and I can imagine it really does serve as a retreat for parents and siblings who spend all day on the hospital wards where their child is receiving treatment.

“We hope that the money we fundraise from taking part in this walk will help to support families who otherwise would be facing expensive accommodation and travel costs. It really is an invaluable service.”

Gail Stonley, House Manager of Crawford House said “It is wonderful that Lynn and her team will be walking St Cuthbert’s Way in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust. The money they are raising will go towards accommodating families who are facing the most difficult of circumstances and will bring us one step closer to completing our second ‘Home from Home’ here in Newcastle at the Freeman Hospital. We really appreciate their support and can’t wait to hear how they get on.”

To sponsor Lynn and the team please visit their just giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Lynn-Lockhart


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