Sunderland woman sets up walking group to tackle loneliness
By Lee Johnson & Jim Scott
A woman who started her own walking group after suffering from loneliness says it is like free "therapy".
Amelia Dodd established Girls Who Walk Sunderland after moving from Stoke-on-Trent with her partner for work earlier this year.
Nearly 50 people from Wearside met at Roker Beach for the group's first gathering on Saturday.
She said she hoped to encourage more people of different ages and backgrounds to socialise.
"When I moved, loneliness had a big impact on me," the 23-year-old said.