Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Accountants to Swap the Books for Boots

A team of Northumberland accountants will swap their books for walking boots next weekend to raise money for Calvert Trust Kielder.

Patricia and her team raring to go!

The team from Patricia J Arnold & Co Ltd in Hexham are taking part in The Kielder Challenge Walk - a demanding 25.3 mile loop around Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake in Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The challenge, which is taking place on Saturday 7 September, is an annual event organised by Shepherds Walks.  Jon Monks from Shepherds Walks, said:

“People often think it is a flat 25 mile walk around Kielder reservoir but how wrong are they.  During the route you climb 1,500ft which is equivalent to starting at sea level and climbing to the top of Simonside Crag in Rothbury. It’s a true challenge but it is great that everybody finishes with a smile on their face.”

Patricia Arnold and her team have been preparing and training over the last few months and are hoping to complete the walk in 9 hours. She said:

“Having seen people both in my personal and professional life who confront major physical and mental challenges and yet seem to manage to get more out of life than the rest of us, I feel very strongly that any encouragement that can enable them to live as full a life as their disability permits, should be supported and Calvert does this BIG TIME.”

The team has already raised more than £1,000 for Calvert Trust Kielder which provides adventurous outdoor activity holidays and days visits for children and adults with disabilities, along with their family friends and carers.

Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate & Events Fundraiser, Calvert Trust Kielder said:

“The funds raised will help us to keep our services accessible to people with disabilities and their families. Working with local businesses such as Patricia J Arnold & Co Ltd adds tremendous value to the Trust, not only financially but also in raising our profile in the North East.  We would like to say a huge thank you to Patricia and her team for their support and we wish them good luck for their big challenge.” 

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