Friends tackle Metro trek for charity

Antony Stephenson, Andrew Atashsokhan, Andrew Oliver and Rebecca Mackett walked from South Hylton to Newcastle Airport for charity.
Antony Stephenson, Andrew Atashsokhan, Andrew Oliver and Rebecca Mackett walked from South Hylton to Newcastle Airport for charity.
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IT was best foot forward for this group of friends who tackled a 35-mile charity trek.

The four met as amateur actors, treading the boards at the Royalty Theatre in Sunderland.

Taking the lead was Andrew Oliver, 22, from Barnes, who wanted to do something for charity.

The barman, who works in Ttonic in Sunderland city centre, hit on the idea of walking the route of the Metro system from Sunderland to Newcastle in aid of Cancer Research.

Rather than striding out on his own, he persuaded pals Antony Stephenson, 20, from Plains Farm, Andrew Atashsokhan, also 20, from Plains Farm and Rebecca Mackett, 19, to come along for the hike.

The four walked from South Hylton Metro station to Newcastle Airport station on a route of back roads and side streets and so far have raised nearly £400.

However, they gave their aching feet a rest and caught the Metro back to Sunderland.

Andrew Oliver, who has been volunteering at the Royalty for seven years, said: “We didn’t do any training for the walk, but we are quite fit and healthy and all do performing.

“We’re really close friends, so we just had a laugh while we were walking.”