Father and daughter take on charity walk

Derek Allan and his daughter Ellie.
Derek Allan and his daughter Ellie.

A father and daughter, who trekked 65 miles for charity earlier this year, are gearing up for another fund-raising walk in memory of a beloved friend.

Derek Allan and Ellie, nine, will be hiking continuously for 10 hours on Tuesday around Ladyburn Lake, at Druridge Bay Country Park.

Each lap is 1.5miles and the kind-hearted pair from South Broomhill will be doing the walk in honour of Pete Kinsella, from Hadston, who passed away recently.

Pete was due to take part in the walk, but died before the event, prompting the fund-raiser to be held in his name.

The trek will be in aid of the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust and the RNLI.

Father-of-three Derek said: “I asked my great friend Pete Kinsella to join us on the walk, but sadly, before plans were finished, Pete passed away, so we think it is fitting to do this walk in his honour.

“His kindness and warmth were inspirational to me and he will be sadly missed. He had a love of life, cricket, and music and had a huge love of the lake at Druridge Bay.

“The Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust was Pete’s favourite charity and his wife said she would also like some of the funds to go to the RNLI.”

Derek and Ellie will be setting off from the information centre at Druridge Bay at 10am and finishing at 8pm. They will be walking clockwise and will see how many laps they can do. The pair are encouraging as many people as possible to join them at any point during the challenge.

They also want to make it an annual event, with 20 per cent of the funds raised always going to the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust and the remaining funds going to a different charity.

In the summer, the father and daughter duo completed a 65-mile charity walk along the Northumberland Coastal Route, raising more than £1,360 for brain injury charity Headway.