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Walker Embarks On 80km Charity Challenge To Raise Money For Newcastle Airport’s Adopted Charities

Keen walker, Eric Wrightson took on the exciting challenge of an 80km walk on Saturday as part of the celebrations around Newcastle International Airport’s 80th Anniversary.

Eric, 59 from Consett is General Manager of Park & Fly at the airport and an experienced long distance walker. He took part in The Woldsman 2015 event in East Yorkshire on 11 April with help from colleague and support driver, John Mason.

He’s also raising money for the airport’s adopted charities – Newcastle United Foundation and SAFC’s Foundation of Light. In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership, with the foundations jointly becoming the airport’s adopted charity for 2015 and 2016.

Both charities work with children, young people and families across the North East using the power of football to educate, encourage and inform on a number of areas including health, sport and teamwork.

Eric said:

“My aim was to walk 80km on 11 April by taking part in The Woldsman 2015. As many of my colleagues, friends and family know I’m an experienced long distance walker and have been taking part in organised walks for over 20 years.  

“The challenge was 80km which is around 50 miles. I walked as part of Newcastle International Airport’s 80th anniversary celebrations and raised money for our adopted charities – Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation. I’ve completed a number of long distance walks in the past and they’re always such a great personal challenge for me.

“I’d like to thank all of my colleagues, friends, family and business partners for their support and their kind donations. Money raised will go to support two very good causes so I’m delighted with the donations received so far.”

Jennifer Rea, Events and Fundraising Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said:

“We are delighted that Eric took on such a big challenge and raised money for both Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light. Both Foundations promote health and wellbeing in adults as well as children, and Eric is a great example of this.”

Phil King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said:

“It was a fantastic effort from Eric to take on the challenge of walking 80km last weekend in aid of the two Foundations. We encourage healthy, active lifestyles through everything we do – so Eric really embodies this as well as raising some vital funds in the process.”

Each season, Newcastle United Foundation raises over £2 million to work with over 50,000 individuals; delivering 24,000 hours in the local community, is active in 200 local schools, seeing record levels of participation on all its sporting, health, education and youth programmes.

To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with 50,000 young people and their families across the region each year, please visit www.nufoundation.org.uk

Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, and uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire thousands of young people and their families through a range of award-winning education, sport, health and employability programmes. Projects are delivered to over 42,000 young people and adults throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham. Structurally and financially independent of the football club Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs.

To find out more about their work, visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk  

For more information on how you can get involved
Email foundation@nufc.co.uk

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