A Cramlington town councillor is donating her members expenses to a charity close to her heart.
Pat Heard, who represents the West ward, became involved with Marie Curie following the deaths of her husband and father and the £500 from the council has kick-started her latest fund-raising efforts.
The sudden death of her husband George from sepsis in 2012 and then her father John from cancer in 2015 spurred her on to complete a series of treks in their honour.
Pat has already raised an impressive £20,000 for the charity – the donations she received before, during and after the three previous expeditions she signed up for. They took place in the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon and Costa Rica.
This amount was enough to fund the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle for three days.
After completing the three annual treks, Pat was contemplating hanging up her boots. But she decided she had one more trek within her, so in September 2019 she is heading off to South Africa.
This expedition will run for nine days.
She always pays for her travel and accommodation costs herself, meaning every penny raised will go directly to Marie Curie, and is now planning a series of fund-raising events.
Last year, her fund-raising and work in the community was recognised by the Asda store in Blyth as she was chosen as the winner of its unsung hero competition.
To make a donation online, go to www.justgiving.com/pat-heard4