Top effort to support air charity

Some of the Morpeth RAFA Club contingent during the walk to the top of Simonside Crag.
Some of the Morpeth RAFA Club contingent during the walk to the top of Simonside Crag.

A group from Morpeth were on a high after completing a big hill walk for a good cause.

The contingent from the town’s branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (Morpeth RAFA Club), along with a few of their family members, did a five-mile route up Simonside Crag.

When they reached the top, they unveiled the Morpeth branch standard and the main organiser of the walk, Tony Payne, read out the official dedication of the association.

The day started with bacon sandwiches at the club building in Wellway and when they returned, the walkers enjoyed pie and peas and some domino cards with donated prizes.

A total of £240 was raised on the day for the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal, which supports serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families.

Mr Payne said: “We’re thrilled with how the day went and the amount we raised because I wasn’t expecting to get the number of donations that we received.

“The conditions were good and everyone felt the benefit when we reached the top.

“Most of the people who took part came back to the club in the evening and we had a great time.”

Club treasurer Ian Stoker added: “The age range for the walk was 19 to 65 and there were varying levels of fitness, but we all spoke with and supported each other and it was great that everyone made it to the top of the crag.”

Morpeth RAFA Club moved to the building in Wellway 23 years ago. Mr Payne said that Ian and Alan Stoker (branch chairman) have worked hard with the rest of the committee and members to turn around its fortunes after it went through some tough times a few years ago.

Residents interested in finding out more about what it has to offer can call the committee on 01670 513761.