Disabled group tackle mammoth four-day trek

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22 August 2017 1:12PM

The woman responsible for members of a disabled group who have completed a four-day trek says she's immensely proud of their determination.

Angela Good, development officer for South Workington Youth Partnership, organised the four days of walking for members of the group.

They carried out the challenge as part of the exhibition section for the Duke of Edinburgh's gold award, and Angela said they're all ecstatic with their achievement.

"What they've done is amazing, I just can't describe it," she said. "It's been so emotional and we're all sad as we have nothing like this coming up.

"We have had to literally hoick people over styles and up hills during the walks, they've all been in really good spirits.

"There was no rush on any of the walks and they had to be out for a minimum of eight hours each day. We poked at every flower, caught lots of frogs and if there was anything interesting to see, we stopped and looked at it."

The group of seven, along with a team of volunteers, took part in four different walks, with each one lasting at least eight hours.

One of the group, 23-year-old Leighan Fulton, was adamant she'd complete the challenge on foot, so ditched her wheelchair which she occasionally uses.

Angela added: "Leighan's the most inspirational and determined person I've seen."

The first day of walking was "horrendous" said Angela.

"We were soaked to the skin and had four thunderstorms but that didn't stop them - they are such special people," she added.

In total, they covered around 50 miles. Their routes included walking from Egremont, around Clintz Quarry and Longlands Lake; from Parton to Workington; St Bees to Whitehaven and Maryport to Workington.

The partnership delivers the award programme with Cumbria Youth Alliance.

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