A member of staff has backed a campaign to encourage people to move more after getting fitter herself and climbing a famous mountain.
To set herself a target, she signed up to a challenge to climb Ben Nevis and raise funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
To build up her fitness she joined a twice-weekly boot camp and did extra walking including up Carlton Bank and Roseberry Topping as well as walking the tower block at the University Hospital of North Tees several times a week.
And the training all paid off after she successfully climbed up the 1,345m high Ben Nevis in Fort William in Scotland, helping raise more than £500.
She said: “During the last year I have become more active – attending boot camp twice weekly and doing more walking instead of using the car. The year prior to this my exercise levels dropped after selling my horse going from being quite active to not a lot at all. I certainly noticed a difference.
“My fitness has definitely improved and I never thought I would enjoy exercise now I really do.
“In the last year I lost a stone in weight as well as inches and have dropped almost 2 dress sizes. I feel much healthier and it has certainly helped with my self-confidence and esteem.
“Completing Ben Nevis has given me a lot more confidence and I am now planning other mountain challenges.”
The Trust is running a campaign to encourage staff and the community to move more.
The trust’s #ToTheMoonAndBack campaign also challenges both staff and the community to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day – to collectively help cover the 768,800km target!
To join the group, download Strava on the App store and visit the public group at https://www.strava.com/clubs/TotheMoonAndBack