ADAM BATLEY, from Darlington, is preparing to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Sara’s Hope Foundation, which provides respite for young cancer sufferers and their families.

Mr Batley aims to complete a 25-mile circuit of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, on May 17, within 12 hours.

For more information about the charity, visit and to sponsor Mr Batley, visit

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FLOWER CLUB: Darlington Flower Club raised £1,370 towards an X-Ray machine for breast cancer sufferers at its recent ‘spring fling’ event, at Headlam Hall. Members of the club will be promoting flower arranging at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Victoria Road, Darlington, on May 2. They will be making flower arrangements for sale and all profits raised will be donated to Darlington Women’s Refuge. The next meeting of the club will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at 2pm in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall. Area demonstrator Judith Clancy from Newcastle will give a demonstration entitled All Shapes and Sizes. For more information, call Christina Steel on 01325-374732.

CLUB MEETS: South Durham U3A meets on the second Tuesday of each month, in Bowen Hall, Bowen Road, Cockerton, at 10am. The club is keen to welcome new members. For more information, call 01325-401165 or 01325-358247.