A patient transport team is challenging themselves by walking 110 miles for a cause close to their hearts.

Across two weekends in June, 5 and 6, 12 and 13, a team of 15 people will walk across two counties to raise money for the Samaritans Emergency Appeal.

The Covid crisis is the biggest challenge Samaritans has ever faced.

Before the pandemic hit, 20,000 volunteers were answering a call for help every six seconds.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Kim Tucker and Lawrence McalinneyKim Tucker and Lawrence Mcalinney

The East of England Ambulance Service team has joined forces to tackle the monster walk to help raise money for the charity.

It will start at Dunstable ambulance station and pass through several locations, including St Albans, Watford and Kings Langley, before ending back at Luton.

Lawrence Mcalinney, 54, a patient transport driver for the ambulance service, said: “I had perthes disease at a young age, I spent plenty of time in crutches and had a new hip three years ago.

“But all these little things are not important, this walk is just our way of giving a little help where we can.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The walking routeThe walking route

"It's going to be a massive challenge as the only exercise I get is from getting patients in and out of the ambulance.”

Kim Tucker, another driver for the ambulance, added: “I'm not a massive walker so this challenge is huge, I don't think I realise the task in hand!”

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