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

All employees, from Board Members to Boat Crew, and their families have been invited to take part in the Port of Tyne Lockdown Challenge, showing support for NHS front line workers, as well as helping Port staff to stay positive, connected and healthy.

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 £5,000 target.”

Staff members are being encouraged to log the number of daily miles completed by them and their families via the Port’s employee app, and anything goes – walking, cycling, running, scooting and even toddling, it all counts towards the journey Down Under.

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.