Luis to go the distance for Callum

FUNDRAISER Luis Perales has set himself a target of travelling almost 50 miles under his own steam within half a day – and is challenging others to do likewise – to help a boy saving up for life-changing surgery.

Luis, a leisure development officer at Ashington and Blyth sports centres, has organised a 47-mile sponsored trip from the source of the River Wansbeck to its mouth to raise money for Seaton Sluice youngster Callum Brown.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, originally from Madrid, aims to raise £2,012 to enable Callum, seven, to undergo an operation in the US which will allow him to overcome his cerebral palsy to walk unaided for the first time.

The journey from the Wansbeck’s source at Sweethope Lough, near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland, to the river’s mouth at Newbiggin, is to be completed within 12 hours and 20 minutes.

Participants are only allowed to use human-powered forms of transport such as paddling, abseiling, cycling, walking, kayaking and climbing.

The journey will finish next Thursday, and there will be a celebration from 7pm in Newbiggin as the finishers arrive.

There will also be a dancing display, barbecue and various games and activities organised by Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure.

Visit for more details.