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Cumbrian RotaKids put their best feet forward

Cumbrian RotaKids put their best feet forward

School children from five Cumbrian schools with RotaKids clubs took part in a sponsored walk for the mental health charity, Mind.

The beauty of North Cumbria was explored in aid of the mental health charity, Mind, by five RotaKids groups.

The 2.6-mile sponsored walk, with 600 feet of ascent, was organised by the Brampton & Longtown Rotary Club.


RotaKids gives primary school children to get involved in activities and projects to support their community and develop their understanding.

Pupils, teachers and parents from five local primary schools with RotaKids groups, took part in the event. The schools taking part were Castle Carrock, Fir Ends, Hayton, Irthington and Warwick Bridge.

“This was the first event of its kind which we have run with the school children. It was enjoyed by all, and the feedback was that this should be an annual event,” said one of the organisers, Wendy Aldred.

The Brampton & Longtown Club is one of the most rural in England, in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country and stretching up to the Scottish border. They work closely with Rotary clubs based in Carlisle.

This was the first event of its kind which we have run with the school children.”

Mind was originally formed in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016.

The charity offers information and advice to people with mental health problems, as well as lobbying Government and local authorities on their behalf.

RotaKids is a primary school citizenship programme. The concept is developing fast and is a fun and exciting way for children aged 7-12 to make friends and get involved with important activities in the community, all while having a great time in the process.

The main objective is to introduce Rotary ideals to young people, as well as addressing citizenship, which is becoming a major theme in schools.

Find out more about RotaKids.

If you’re in need of mental health support, information of advice, visit Mind’s website.