Veronica and Eddie Yarwood called in to say goodbye as they head off on their 68 mile Borders Abbeys Walk to raise fund for the retreat house restoration fund.

Their first leg starts tomorrow from Jedburgh to Howick, and it’s fair to say the weather forecast isn’t the best. “We’ve talked about it, but we’ve just got to do it,” says Eddie. “We’ve done sponsored walks before and we always choose May because the weather’s better, but not this time!”

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They have already raised nearly £450 thanks to publicity in the Hexham Courant and the Northern Cross. “People in Haltwhistle where we live have been very generous. I saw someone in a cafe the other day who I haven’t seen for months. She just leaned over and gave me a donation,” says Eddie.

“Churches Together in Haltwhistle have also been supportive, advertising in church magazines and generally spreading the word. I was able to put £125 into the my donate fund from them recently,” adds Veronica.

The couple have been training since early in the year, most recently walking with groups as part of the Haltwhistle walking festival.

They are making Jedburgh their base, staying at the Glenbank House Hotel and using local firm First Taxis to get about. “The taxi firm owner, Ray King, called the other day saying they’re ready to help – they drop us off at the start point each day and bring us back at the end. His team are really smashing. They know we’re doing it for charity and they go out of their way for us.” says Eddie.

If you’d like to support Veronica and Eddie, please visit their my donate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/theyarwoodswalk/294460