Ten Durham County Council wardens are to do a sponsored walk this weekend in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNASS).

On Sunday 15th April, the wardens will take on a challenging 20-mile trek from the council’s Chilton depot to its Morrison Busty depot in Annfield Plain.

After hiking for almost 20 miles, the wardens will have to face a steep uphill climb towards the end of their trek.

Paul Rutherford, the neighbourhood warden team leader, said, “We wanted to do something for charity as a team and thought walking between the two depots where our neighbourhood wardens are based was a good idea.”

“As wardens we have all seen the Great North Air Ambulance in action and I think it’s a fantastic cause to support.”

Neighbourhood wardens deal with environmental issues and anti-social behaviour across County Durham, cooperating closely with the police, the fire service and other organisations.

The wardens tackle problems ranging from stray dogs and dog fouling to fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles, littering and illegal street drinking.

On the sponsored walk, Paul will be leading his colleagues Stuart Champion, Eugene Walsh, Ray Cornwell, Tom Walton, Kirk Thiis, Patrick Rice, Nick Snowdon, Will Hunter and Neil Morton, with support from neighbourhood warden manager Belinda Snow.

Durham County Council has designated the air ambulance as this year’s Chairman’s Charity and has raised cash for it in a variety of ways, including a Christmas jumper day and the donation of 75 bags full of second-hand clothes, shoes, bags and belts.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service runs three helicopters across the north east, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The service rescues hundreds of severely injured or ill people each year.

The sponsored-walk team has set up a JustGiving page, at which you can make donations. If you would like to donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-rutherford10.

(The featured image shows the neighbourhood warden team that will set out on the walk.)

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