FUNDRAISERS took to the hills to raise money for a charity which supports rural farmers.

Just over £1,000 was raised for Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services (Utass) during the five-mile sponsored walk which took participants from Middleton-in-Teesdale along part of the Pennine Way, an old lead mining route and the Tees.

Utass staff and young people from the area were joined on the walk by staff from George F White’s Wolsingham office.

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Diane Spark, Utass project manager, said “We really enjoyed the walk. The money raised will be used to help provide much needed facilities for our farming families.”

Robyn Peat, partner at George F White, added: “We are proud to support Utass and all it does in the rural community.

“Utass makes a massive difference to a large number of people’s lives. To help them raise money and to be part of their organisation is an honour.”

As part of the company’s support, Mr Peat is available at the Utass office, in Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, on the morning of the first Monday of each month for appointments, offering initial free advice to farmers.

The company also sponsors Utass briefing notes sent out to members.