Rockies trek for charity

Charity trekker Pat Heard.
Charity trekker Pat Heard.

A county woman is preparing to take on a challenging trek to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Pat Heard, from Falmouth Walk, Cramlington, is taking on the Canadian Rockies to raise money for Newcastle’s Marie Curie Hospice, which cared for her husband two years ago and is now caring for her father.

Pat said: “I know that Marie Curie are there to help.

“The hospice in Newcastle is an amazing and peaceful place, so I hope that local people and businesses will be willing to donate to my fundraising.”

Pat will be joined by a team of trekkers who will set off from Calgary on September 13 and trek north for five days.

Pat’s latest charity event will take place at The Plough in Cramlington, on Thursday, May 21, from 7.30pm, where Prelude will provide the music and there will be a charity auction.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so at

Pat added: “Thank you to Michelle Fowler Photography in Morpeth, Eleven Boutique, Life and Soul and Healthlands gyms, Newcastle & Sunderland Greyhound Stadiums, The Sage Gateshead, Steve Oliver Massage, Artist Jenny Tancock, Star Bowl, Jolleys Pet Store in Blyth, Fish 4 Dogs, Wagg and Webbox Pet Food, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Whitley Bay Ice Rink, The Northumberland Arms at Felton, Star Bowl and also friends who have donated items for both the auction and raffle.

“I would also like to thank Brian Hume, and the rest of the band for agreeing to be perform for my event, and Alex at The Plough for allowing me to take over the pub for the night, and to Barclays Bank in Cramlington for providing an auctioneer.

“So far, I have raised over £2,500 towards my goal of £4,000 and hope this event will take me close to my target.”