Nearly 60 Teesside schoolchildren are set to join world-famous mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE for a walk on the wild side after each received their first pair of high-quality walking boots. The first British man to climb all fourteen 8,000 feet Himalayan mountains, Alan was guest of honour at St Bede’s Catholic Academy in central Stockton as the Year 4 and 5 children excitedly tried out their new boots and boot socks.

They were donated by North East charity the Walk and Talk Trust (WTT), whose volunteers will be leading the pupils, aged eight to ten, on a series of adventures that will introduce them to the joy of walking. St Bede’s headteacher Bernadette Rizzi-Allan said: “Thanks to the generosity of the WTT, this is a wonderful opportunity to not only boost our pupils’ minds and bodies but show them some of the beautiful Teesside countryside.

Geoff Simpson, CEO of the WTT, added: “We’re delighted to work with the team at St Bede’s – encouraging their pupils to feel the benefits of being active and of connecting with others, with nature and with their environment.

St Bede’s Catholic Academy is a member of Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust.