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Port of Tyne workers pledge to travel from Newcastle to Newcastle, Australia in aid of NHS

Employees at the Port of Tyne have pledged to virtually travel from Newcastle upon Tyne to Newcastle, Australia – a total of 10,437 miles – in aid of NHS Charities Together.

From board members to boat crew, employees and their families have been invited to take part in the Port of Tyne lockdown challenge.

The challenge aims to show support for NHS frontline workers, as well as helping Port staff to stay positive, connected and healthy.

In a true team effort, staff members are being encouraged to log the number of daily miles completed by them and their families via the Port’s employee app.

Whether it be walking, cycling, running, scooting and even toddling, it all counts towards the journey down under.

Matt Beeton, chief executive at the Port of Tyne, said: “There’s no question that these are tough times and, whilst I’m extremely proud of what our key workers at the Port of Tyne are doing on behalf of our customers and the general public across the nation, we really wanted to show our support for the amazing NHS staff on the front line.

“We’ve set up a dedicated JustGiving page in aid of NHS Charities Together, and we would really appreciate any support towards our £5000 target.”

The Port of Tyne Lockdown Challenge, in aid of NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients, is now live.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the Port’s dedicated JustGiving page: