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First Aid Awards for Stepping Out Trio

Published Friday, 03 May 2013

Three volunteer leaders of an award-winning Ribble Valley health scheme have qualified in first aid.

Stepping Out walk leaders Roger Sagar, Gordon Woodward and Maureen Wearden were presented with their certificates by Ribble Valley Borough Council Stepping Out coordinator Barrie Williams.

Stepping Out, run by Ribble Valley Borough Council and funded by the NHS, started eight years ago and now sees over 100 walkers, from beginner ramblers to hardened hikers, take to the highways and byways of Ribble Valley each week in a series a walks between one and seven miles.

The scheme also offers Tramper Treks for people with restricted mobility thanks to three all-terrain electric buggies purchased with £9,000 Lottery cash and a series of "prambles" for people with pushchairs.

Stepping Out has over 40 walk leaders trained in first aid and each walking route is assessed to check that stiles and footbridges are in good order. Walk leaders wear high-visibility vests and participants are asked to fill in a health questionnaire.

Barrie Williams said: "Anyone looking to get fitter or just enjoy some good company while stretching their legs is invited to join us.

"Our walks are extremely well run and suitable for all sections of the community."

Walks between one and seven miles and different degrees of difficulty take place on various days and times. Stepping Out programmes are available from Barrie Williams on 01200 414484.

Picture: Barrie Williams (left) with, from the left, Roger Sagar, Maureen Weardon and Gordon Woodward.

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