Young people with deafness can look forward to a  rip to the great outdoors thanks to the efforts of an indefatigable fundraiser.

Cheshire’s leading deafness charity, Deafness Support Network, which has five centres including those in Chester and Northwich, is looking forward to taking its youth group camping thanks to a ‘generous donation’ from Mr Billy Birch.

Mr Birch, recognised by  the charity in March for previous fundraising efforts, has donated a large amount of camping equipment, from tents to torches, for the youth group to use for excursions  and activities.

Billy said: “I am hugely grateful to the people of Ellesmere Port for their help  gathering this equipment and to a number of suppliers including Go Outdoors in Saltney and Asda in Ellesmere Port.”

Billy has been helping local  charities in memory of his wife Sylvia, who died in his arms aged 49, for over 20 years. In that time he has  raised more than £104,000.

Bob Birchall, chief executive of Deafness Support Network, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Billy has chosen to support our youth group and we thank him for his generous donation.

“The equipment he has kindly sourced means that the group can enjoy confidence-building trips and outdoor activities.

“Young people with deafness often feel isolated and these trips, which involve both hearing and non-hearing youths, helps encourage social confidence.

“Billy has been a huge supporter over the past 18  months and we’re hugely grateful for his continued contributions.”

Find out more about Deafness Support Network’s youth group.