Wonderful ‘walking dead’ walkers have raised £920 to support young carers in the Eastleigh area.
Thank you, whether you walked, supported, sponsored or were just cheering them on. It will make a big difference to our young people and can help us run the singing group, take them on a trip and help us run our youth groups.
It’s not a big deal. It’s just walking, right? We do that every day. This is what we
(Rachel, Declan, Jennifer and Chris) said before the four of us embarked on this journey from Dorking to Eastleigh non-stop.
We had decided to take on this challenge and had a few setbacks, including pushing the dates back and having a team member pull out last minute. However, miraculously we managed to conquer this challenge on Saturday 13th of July 2019. It ended up taking 33 hours and we all agreed it was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. There were many moments when we felt like giving up, but with some music, visits from friends and even a nap at 4am in someone’s front garden we managed to power on through. Whilst the walking certainly took a physical toll, we all agreed the hardest part of this challenge was the mental endurance. We got to 40km not even halfway through and was demoralised. Still, more than halfway to go and feeling like quitting, how can we do this extra 60km? Teamwork and Determination – that is all that got us through. Without the support of each other, we would be lost, we would have given up at 30km.
We picked Eastleigh Young Careers as our charity because it is such an important cause and makes a dramatic difference here in our little town of Eastleigh. What I didn’t understand before the walk is how much difference a good team makes. We got to experience 33 hours of exhaustion, pain and hopelessness and was shattered by the end of it. We slept well afterwards. Some children live their lives caring for others and never get the chance to rest or have a team to encourage them. We choose Eastleigh Young Carers for our charity as every child carer, when they feel exhausted and when they feel like giving up at 30km, need people around them to help get them to their 100km mark.
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