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High-flying Newcastle Airport fundraisers put best foot forward for Newcastle United Foundation

The Newcastle United Foundation is among a trio of charities benefitting from the hard work and determination of high-flying fundraisers putting their best foot forward for communities in need.

Since 2014, generous staff and millions of passengers at Newcastle International Airport have supported the official charity arm of Newcastle United through the airport’s partnership with the club’s foundation.

With the airport also adopting Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light and Middlesbrough’s MFC Foundation, all three charities receive vital donations used to change the lives of thousands of families in the region.

The Nial10Mile challenge marked one of the airport’s most ambitious fundraising plans to date, with staff members pulling on their walking boots for a 10-mile trek.

Hardy walkers began their route at the Newcastle International Airport entrance, six miles north-west of Newcastle city centre. Fundraisers carried on through Woolsington, following a bridle path to Kenton Bank Foot, before heading back along to Ponteland Road and to the airport.

The intrepid explorers then joined an old railway path leading to Ponteland and up into Prestwick before finally crossing the finish line at The White Swan Inn in Dinnington where a minibus collected the weary travellers and shuttled them back to base.

Close to £3,000 has been raised by the walkers, which will be split between the Newcastle United Foundation, Foundation of Light and MFC Foundation.

Graeme Mason, Planning and Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “I am very proud of the Nial10Mile team and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the challenge.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the family members, friends and business partners whose sponsorship helped us to exceed our £2,500 target. The three regional football foundations do a fantastic job and we are delighted to support them.

“I am looking forward to next year’s challenge, with the team already looking at what we can do to better this year’s achievement.”

The Nial10Mile challenge was originally scheduled to take place in mid-August, however heavy downpours and torrential summer rain delayed the 16km walk until the afternoon of August 22.

Caroline Brown, Newcastle United Foundation Events Manager, said: “We are so pleased to be one of Newcastle Airport’s adopted charities and their hard work is really appreciated by all of us.

“The money raised will make a huge difference to people of all ages and abilities who access projects or programmes offered by our charity – the Newcastle United Foundation – as well as the Foundation of Light in Sunderland and MFC Foundation in Middlesbrough.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and passengers at Newcastle International Airport who have donated so much over the years and helped us to change lives.”

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