Lady Howick and one of her childhood friends completed a walk up the county’s coastline last week, raising thousands of pounds in the progress.
The pair, both in their 70s, completed the 60-mile route of the Northumberland Coastal Path, from Cresswell to Berwick, in just four days.
Lady Howick wanted to raise funds for St Michael’s Church in Howick, while her friend of more than 60 years, Diana Whitefield, was earning cash for her church in Stocking Pelham, Hertfordshire.
Billed as two old bats bashing the beaches to Berwick, the trip has raised nearly £4,000 for St Michael’s, which will pay for redecoration and work to the gutters at the historic church that houses the tomb of the second Earl Grey.
The ‘two old bats’ were so named a few years ago by one of Lady Howick’s grandsons, who, having being told to behave for the duo while they looked after him and his brothers, said: “Two old bats looking after three small boys, what could go wrong?”
“We really enjoyed it and I have raised nearly £4,000,” Lady Howick said of the walk.
“We were both very surprised at how fit we were. We hadn’t done much training, but we are both quite active gardeners.”
To support the cause, contact Howick Estate Office, Alnwick, NE66 3LB, or on 01665 577285. Cheques should be made payable to Howick PCC.