Best foot forward

Chris Callan, Adam Thompson, Ross Seaton and Adam Moore who walked from Berwick to Amble to raise money for Wansbeck General Hospital.

Chris Callan, Adam Thompson, Ross Seaton and Adam Moore who walked from Berwick to Amble to raise money for Wansbeck General Hospital.

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WALKING continuously for more than a day, this determined group of teenagers put their best foot forward to complete a 46-mile fund-raising trek.

Ross Seaton, 16, was joined by his friends Chris Callan, Adam Moore and Adam Thompson, all 17, for a long-distance hike to raise money for Wansbeck General Hospital, in honour of his beloved nana Mary Richardson, who passed away in February.

The lads, who are all from Amble, embarked on a walk from Berwick to their home town last month, in aid of the facility’s family room on the palliative care ward – where Ross’ grandma spent the last few weeks of her life.

It was a gruelling challenge for the quartet, who walked right through the night and eventually reached the finish line some 25-hours later. But their efforts have not been in vain, with the total collected so far standing at more than £310 – and counting.

Ross, a pupil at Amble’s James Calvert Spence College, said: “Nana was looked after on the palliative care ward.

“We spent so much time on the ward during that time so I wanted to raise money for the family room on the ward and hopefully the money will go towards something like decorating the family room or buying blankets.

“We thought a walk would be a challenge and we left Berwick at 7am in the morning, walking for 25-hours straight, even going through the night, and walking the coastal route back to Amble.

“It was hard and a bit of a patience-tryer, but it was a massive surge of pride when we got to the end.

“We couldn’t believe we had done it. It was the best feeling in the world.”

Ross, whose granda Brian Richardson passed away towards the end of last year, is still collecting money for the walk.

To sponsor Ross, contact him on 07540 333316 or pop into Amble’s greengrocers on Queen Street where he works part-time on a Tuesday and a Saturday.