Trainees get into gear to ride length of Hadrian’s Wall

Groundwork trainees are 'riding and rowing' the length of Hadrian's Wall to fund a new apprentice.
Groundwork trainees are 'riding and rowing' the length of Hadrian's Wall to fund a new apprentice.

Young South Tyneside environmentalists are aiming to roam the whole length of Hadrian’s Wall while rooted to the spot – to raise £10,000 to boost a charity’s work.

Six trainees with Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN) plan to ride, row and run the wall’s 84 miles in just four hours as part of a ‘virtual’ challenge on Sunday, August 9.

They will do so on gym equipment at Low Simonside Community Centre, in Taunton Avenue, Jarrow, as part of Groundwork’s Growing Together initiative.

It aims to raise enough to support a full-time apprenticeship for a year and to buy essential items, such as spades, fuel, a storage unit – and even a works’ support vehicle.

Growing Together will last for 12 months – and supporters are asked to kick-start it by taking part in the Hadrian ’s Wall challenge fundraising day and other events that are being planned.

Jennifer Jobson, Groundwork’s youth, employment and skills manager, said: “It’s an unusual challenge but it’s one they are looking forward to doing and are determined to complete.”

Growing Together is being run as part of Groundwork’s Green and Healthy Places team, which is supporting six young people to learn skills and gain experience as trainees. Traineeships last for between 12 and 26 weeks and give experience of working on ‘green’ environment schemes, with English and maths learning included.

Projects include a garden tidy scheme in partnership with South Tyneside Homes, where they are learning the safe use of industrial machinery.

They have also learnt horticultural and nature reserve management skills through community improvement work at Monkton Community Woodland in Hebburn.

Groundwork, the ‘changing places and changing lives’ charity, works to build sustainable communities, transform underused spaces into community-enhancing ‘green’ areas, and support people into employment by providing training, skills and encouragement.

Anyone interested in joining the Hadrian’s challenge, or who like to support Growing Together in other ways, should contact Jennifer on 0191 428 1144 or jennifer.jobson@groundwork.org.uk