Specsavers in Consett's store director has raised £500 for Great North Air Ambulance.

Gary Baker, store director, walked all 268 miles of the Pennine Way to raise funds for the charity after witnessing the air ambulance in action earlier this year. The keen walker was joined by friends to complete the picturesque 268-mile challenge in 14 days.

Before the challenge, Gary and the team trained every day for several months to ensure they were in top condition to tackle the demanding walk.

A word from Gary
Gary said: ‘This has been a challenge I’ve wanted to complete for a few years so I am thrilled that I’ve now done it.

‘The training was gruelling but we were all extremely glad we had done it once we reflected on what we had achieved. This was honestly one of the most beautiful walks I’ve ever undertaken and would absolutely recommend it to others.

‘I wanted to raise money for Great North Air Ambulance after I witnessed them in the middle of a rescue operation recently. It really is a wonderful charity and all of the volunteers do a tremendous job.

‘I would like to thank all of the staff and customers in the store for their generous donations and continued support throughout my training.’

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