Team walks the wall for charity

The team of Openreach engineers which walked the wall.
The team of Openreach engineers which walked the wall.

A team of Openreach engineers took on one of Northumberland’s most iconic landmarks – Hadrian’s Wall – to raise money for worthy causes.

Setting off from Bowness-on-Solway, the 16 engineers, who are all from the Northumberland and Wearside area, walked around 90 miles, arriving back home in the North East after three days.

Each step along the way helped them to raise money in memory of former colleagues, friends and family.

Organiser Brian Cosgrove, an Openreach operations manager from Cramlington, said: “We’re fund-raising for two charities very close to our hearts – Armed-Forces charity SSAFA and Cancer Research UK.

“Five of the team are former members of the Armed Forces and others have seen first-hand the incredible work SSAFA does so we were really keen to support them.

“Sadly, cancer has touched just about everyone we know so we were all in agreement that Cancer Research UK was also an important choice.”

Openreach engineer Bruce Hodges, who lives in Newbiggin and served in The Royal Artillery for 26 years before joining Openreach, is just one of the 60,000 people that SSAFA helps and supports each year.

When his close friend, a former soldier, committed suicide, Bruce had the task of organising the funeral and SSAFA was there to help.

The Walk the Wall team has set a fund-raising target of £2,000, which they are hoping to exceed.

You can still sponsor them at https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/wtw