Desperate plea for challenge

ORGANISERS of an annual children’s outdoor problem-solving challenge have made a desperate appeal to keep the event going.

The Fieldfare Trust has been unable to secure funding for next year’s Fieldfare Kielder Challenge, which brings young people with and without disabilities together to complete a series of tasks.

The competition attracts hundreds of teams from schools across the UK every September, with each side having four members with disabilities and four without, and so far more than 15,000 young people have taken part.

However, without funding in place, the event could be axed.

Anyone who can help the challenge to continue should contact Andy Johnson on 01334 657708 or email

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