MIDDLESBROUGH footballer Marcus Browne attended a talk at Leyburn Primary School today in support of Lord and Lady Bolton’s ‘Every Step You Take’ challenge.

The walking fundraiser, which is in support of charities Young Minds, a young person’s mental health charity, and Hope and Homes for Children, an orphanage charity, will see walkers attempt to complete a total distance of 10,000km in seven days.

The participants, who pay £10 each to take part, will complete a 1km circular track at the Old Deer Park on the Bolton Estate, with the route open between 7.30am and 7pm. The first walkers began yesterday, with the challenge running until Wednesday, October 6.

“I think it’s a great initiative,” said Browne, who is close to completing his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament operation. “It’s raising money for two important charities, and it’s showing youngsters how important it is to keep active for their mental health. Getting outside and staying active has been a big part of keeping me going through my recovery.”

Walkers on the challenge will receive a commemorative T-shirt, with children and dogs welcome, and parking and refreshments available.

“We’ve had some great donations, and it’s great that so many people are coming to walk,” said Lady Bolton, who was also at yesterday’s talk. “The plan was to raise £10,000 for 10,000km, but maybe it’s going to end up being more than that.

“Raising awareness about exercise and mental health is important to me. It’s helped me, and I just think getting out in the open air and staying fit is so important.”