MP Guy steps out on a charity trek

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A NORTHUMBERLAND MP will be trekking even further this year to raise money for another good cause.

Guy Opperman is currently walking the 260-mile route of the Pennine Way, which goes through Derbyshire, Yorkshire, parts of Durham and Cumbria and into Northumberland, before finishing just over the border in Scotland.

Along the way he will be collecting funds for the Great North Air Ambulance and he will also be holding surgeries and question and answer events once he reaches his home county.

The Hexham MP, whose constituency includes Ponteland, Stannington and Whalton, walked Hadrian’s Wall last year and raised more than £6,000 for the Tynedale Community Hospice and the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, which he credits with saving his life following his brain tumour.

“As we raised so much money for good causes last year it seemed right to do it again, especially for the Great North Air Ambulance which does such great work,” he said.

“I always think the best thing an MP or, in fact, any politician can do is to get out there and knock on doors, talk to people and hear what they have to say. We have a day set aside for representatives from local charities and volunteer groups to join me and I hope to hold as many advice surgeries as possible.”

Mr Opperman is scheduled to finish at Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders on Tuesday.

You can text OQHK97 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 (type a different number for a different amount) or sponsor him online at www.justgiving.com/GuyGNAA