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EMG solicitors thrilled to help children walk and talk.

Hundreds of local school children are being encouraged to get active over the winter period with the help of free walking boots.

Thanks to a recent grant from EMG Solicitors, County Durham children are being encouraged to reconnect with nature and socialise in the great outdoors. The grant was awarded through EMG’s fund with County Durham Community Foundation.

Claire Hewitt, from EMG Solicitors, said “We were thrilled to be able to sponsor the Walk & Talk Trust with their amazing campaign. Supporting our communities is so important to us and getting our young people out and about walking in our beautiful region struck a real chord with us.”

Reduced Inequalities

Neville’s Cross Primary school was one of the schools that benefitted from the ‘Big Smile’ campaign. All Year 5 pupils took home a free pair of boots before Christmas from The Walk and Talk Trust.

Councillor Brown, who presented the children with their boots, told the children “There is no such thing as bad weather to walk in, only bad choice of clothing, and now you have no excuse not to walk!”

The Walk & Talk Trust was set up in 2021 to raise awareness of the many benefits of walking and talking. It organises and facilitates guided walks for the public benefit.

The charity specifically wants to encourage school children and their families to get outside and get walking. They want to ensure that the children have the one thing they need to participate, a good pair of walking boots.

Bringing Families Together

The Big Smile project is bringing families together after long periods of social isolation.

With 37% of Year 6 children and more than 60% of County Durham adults classes as overweight, the project aims to help families improve their health. The levels of physical inactivity amongst both children and adults are some of the highest in the UK.

The project will benefit over 5,000 Key Stage 2 children across County Durham and 15,000 of their parents and grandparents.




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