Take a walk for charity

FOLLOW the Yellow Brick Road - that's the challenge to Wearsiders from TV weatherman Bob Johnson.

Bob is giving his support to The Children's Foundation by launching this year's Yellow Brick Road walk at the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish.

The walk, on Sunday, June 23, will take the charity's supporters through unspoilt woodland trails to parts of Beamish not yet open to the public.

A charity spokesman said: "A shorter one-mile route around the main site is ideal for families with toddlers, pushchairs or wheelchair users.

"The walk ends at the fairground, where refreshments, entertainment and traditional fairground rides will be available."

After the walk, participants will be able to take advantage of free bus and tram rides to explore the main attractions of the unique museum.

The charity is hoping as many people as possible will be sponsored for taking part in the event to help raise money for much-needed facilities for the region's children.

Pre-registration is essential and anyone wanting to take part can obtain an entry pack and sponsorship form by ringing 0191 202 3006, or writing to The Children's Foundation, PO Box 2YB, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2YB.

The Children's Foundation is a children's healthcare charity which raises money to support medical and lifestyle research, as well as community-based projects, to improve the health and well-being of children in the North East and Cumbria.

Through its Yellow Brick Road Appeal, the foundation has raised money to build the Sir James Spence Institute of Child Health at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The North of England Open Air Museum vividly illustrates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s.