Sunderland wellie wearers take on plodge challenge

Kathleen Layourne, front, regional Women's Institute Chairman, about to lead the annual WI welly plodge from Seaburn to Whitburn.
Kathleen Layourne, front, regional Women's Institute Chairman, about to lead the annual WI welly plodge from Seaburn to Whitburn.
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SPLISH, splash, splodge.

Women have been pulling on their wellies for an annual plodge along the coast.

Members of the Tyne and Wear South Federation Women’s Institute took part in the sponsored event, from Seaburn to Whitburn and back, to help raise funds for the work they do in the community.

As part of their Millennium Project, members go into schools in Sunderland and across the region to teach kids arts and crafts.

Kathleen Laybourne, federation chairman, said: “We have done a sponsored welly plodge since as long as I’ve been in the WI and I joined in 1989.

“It’s always great fun and everyone gets into the spirit of it.

“We plodge along the water’s edge from Seaburn to Whitburn and back, and then Cleadon WI have a hot pie and pea lunch waiting for us at their headquarters.”

She added: “The funds raised will go to buy the materials we take into schools when we teach things such as knitting, sewing and cross-stitch.”