A charitable walk inspired by the 100th anniversary of Middlesbrough’s iconic Transporter Bridge will raise money for life-saving hospital equipment.
People are being urged to strap on their walking boots and take part in the ‘Transporter Trek’ that is being organised by Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club.
The Transporter Trek will take place on Sunday 1st May.
It will start and finish at the Transporter Bridge and follow the River Tees upstream to Stockton’s Infinity Bridge and back.
The Trek will be a total of 10 miles and the route will cross and re-cross the river at the bridges. Entrants will set off between 10am and noon.
At the finish the walkers, their supporters and the public will be able to celebrate in carnival atmosphere at the Transporter Bridge with music, entertainment, refreshments, stalls and the opportunity to purchase bridge memorabilia and pictures.
Two thirds of the funds raised will go towards the purchase of laparoscopic equipment to enable patients to undergo keyhole surgery for prostate cancer at the James Cook University Hospital.
The balance will go to the hospital’s Cleveland Unit for children with special educational needs, and other local charities.
Middlesbrough’s world-renowned Transporter Bridge will be 100 years old in October this year.
As part of its Transporter Bridge Centenary Programme, Middlesbrough Council is working with Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club to include charity events that will raise funds for local causes.
A golf competition for clubs across the Tees area is already under way, and a Town Hall concert programme of classical, performing arts and folk has been arranged for the week leading up to Centenary Day on October 17.
Over the years, in common with other Rotary Clubs, Middlesbrough Erimus has raised funds to support many local charities using traditional methods such as Christmas floats, concerts and collections.
In the last ten years, it has also raised more than £80,000 from a series of special fund raising events, including walks over the Transporter Bridge, the Great North Bikini Challenge and a Gala Day at Stewart Park.
Mike Overy, from Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, said: “Our club is delighted to be contributing to the programme of Transporter Bridge celebrations.
“The walk gives the public an opportunity to get involved in a challenge that will be fun and will also help raise money for important local causes.”
Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon said: “Erimus Rotary carries out a great deal of good work in the town to raise money for very worthy causes. I am proud they are marking the centenary of the Transporter Bridge with charitable work and I hope people really get behind them.”
There is a £3 registration fee and walkers will be encouraged to seek sponsorship for their efforts. To take part in the Transporter Trek call 01642 311759 or register online at The Transporter Trek Online Registration