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North East families with disabled children pull on their wellies for our first ever sponsored walk

Thursday 1st March 2018


Last weekend, Saturday 24 February, some very determined disabled children and their parents took part in our first ever Wheels & Wellies fundraising walk.

On a bright and breezy morning, in perfect winter walking weather, thirty enthusiastic walkers gathered in Saltwell Park in Gateshead. After the city's mayor Councillor Pauline Dillon had cut the ribbon to get the race off to a start, the families set off for a 1km or 3km walking challenge.

Along the route, participants took part in a quiz and raffle and competed in a welly decorating contest. The route was marshalled by four volunteers from the charity Caudwell Children, eight volunteers from NCS Gateshead, as well as local volunteers from the Newcastle Volunteer Centre. And after a fantastic family day out, everyone went home with a goody bag for their efforts.

We want to say a big congratulations to the best decorated Wheels & Wellies winners, the raffle prize winners, and of course everyone who took part! A huge thank you to all the volunteers and the Mayor of Gateshead for cutting the ribbon on the inaugural Wheels & Wellies Walk.

Do you want to take up a fundraising challenge?

Our Wheels & Wellies walk was fully-accessible and for all ages, because we want everyone to have the chance to enjoy a great day out while raising vital funds for families with disabled children.

If you think you're ready to do some fundraising for Contact, take a look on our website at some of the events we have planned, including walks, runs and even overseas treks!