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Fresh Workspace director to take six day trek to help homeless young people in Bristol

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

This April, Fresh Workspace Design Director Paul Goodchild and his wife Rachel will be walking the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way to raise money for a South West based homeless charity. The route takes in some of England’s most breath-taking scenery, but the six days planned for the walk between Chipping Camden and Bath Cathedral won’t be any less arduous for that. The duo intend to cover between 16 and 23 miles a day, whatever the weather and in spite of Rachel’s fibromyalgia. This is a condition that can cause her muscle stiffness and fatigue, but does nothing to daunt her spirit.

_87334452_homeless_bw-thinkstockThe charity that will benefit from the trek 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 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.’

cotswold_overviewThe Cotswold Way has only been established as one of England and Wales’ National Trails since 2007, but it has already been described in The Wall Street Journal (paywall) as one of the best walks in the world today. As they walk along the route, Paul and Rachel will be able to take in the stunning landscapes as well as passing landmarks such as  the Somerset Monument, the Tyndale Monument, Sudeley Castle, Cleeve Hill, Hailes Abbey, and the Broadway Tower. The length of the walk and the time they’ve given themselves to complete the route won’t leave much time for dawdling but they will find time to stand and stare.

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