Fresh Workspace Director Paul Goodchild and his wife Rachel have completed their six day trek along the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way to raise money for a South West based homeless charity. As of today, the walk has raised more than £3,600 for the charity, smashing the target by more than 20 percent and contributions continue to roll in. Although blessed with great weather throughout the walk, it was not without its challenges as Paul’s daily blog would attest.
The charity that will benefit from the walk is a Bristol based organisation called 1625 Independent People that helps young homeless people and those at risk to get off the streets and into normal lives by providing them with housing, advice, support and mentoring. The outreach from the organisation now extends to schools to address the root causes of homelessness, which remains a major problem in the UK.
Although nobody is really sure of the scale of the challenge, the Youth Homelessness Databank estimates that in 2015,around 150,000 young people across the UK approached various organisations including charities and local authorities for help. In Bristol, alone there were nearly 600 in 2016. ‘Addressing the needs of these people is an ongoing challenge,’ says Paul, ‘and it’s vital that local individuals and businesses do all they can to support organisations like 1625 Independent People as they work to help transform the lives of so many. That is why Rachel and I are so committed to working with this organisation to support the essential work they do.’
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