Over £2000 raised during Discovery Trail Challenge

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Walkers from this year’s Discovery Trail Challenge in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have raised £2,200 for chosen charity, Living Options Devon.

The Challenge took place in July, and covered a route of 15 miles along some of the country’s finest landscape.

The team who care for the landscape of the Tamar Valley have recently celebrated 20 years since it was officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while Living Options Devon is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Registered charity, Living Options, runs the Countryside Mobility scheme that provides the ‘Tramper’ (all terrain scooter) for use by people with limited mobility, enabling them to enjoy the Tamar Trails. The group also offers a wide range of services and projects that support people with disabilities across Devon.

orange team start 2Neil Warren, manager of the scheme, says: “It’s very fitting that the money raised from the walk is used to enable those with mobility difficulties to access the best of the South West’s scenery through the Countryside Mobility initiative managed by Living Options Devon.

“We know from the feedback received how much of a difference to people’s quality of life it makes to be able to explore the countryside, whether alone or with friends and family, and so we’re extremely grateful to Tamar Valley AONB, the walkers and sponsors for all their support.”

In addition to sponsorship money raised by the walkers, Nisa Local (Pearces Service Station) at Drakewalls generously donated £200 from its Making a Difference Locally scheme – the AONB team and Living Options Devon are very grateful for this kind donation.

Kelly Mavro, from Living Options Devon, took part in the Challenge. She says: “We all really enjoyed the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail Challenge – it is a beautiful walk through stunning and varied countryside. The last few miles were tough but we got to the end pretty much blister free and still smiling!”

If you know of a group or organisation that you would like to be considered as next year’s chosen charity, please contact the AONB team – 01822 835030, info@tamarvalley.org.uk

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