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Notice: Step Up For The Surrey 5 Peaks Hikeathon

Published on: 29 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 29 Apr, 2022

Local charity Surrey Care Trust is asking people to dig out their walking boots and sign up for the Surrey 5 Peaks Hikeathon, to make a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people in Surrey who are disadvantaged by low skills, lack of opportunity, setbacks in life and precarious economic circumstances.

This year’s circular 26-mile hilly hike takes place on Saturday, June 18 and starts and ends in Shere. There is also an option of walking a 15-mile linear route too.

Refreshments and a picnic lunch will be provided for all walkers and everyone who raises more than £150 for the Trust will receive a free event t-shirt.

Surrey 5 Peaks is the charity’s biggest fundraiser and the challenging walk reflects its ethos of encouraging people to push themselves and discover hidden strengths.

The Trust’s services include an alternative education programme for young people who have not coped in mainstream school, mentoring, counselling and environmental volunteering projects that encourage people from all walks of life to work together and learn new skills in the process.

Funds raised will support more people like Amber. A combination of problems at home, mental health issues and simply not fitting in at school because of her love of tattoos and piercings, led to Amber missing out on her education. Amber’s school suggested that she might benefit from the Trust’s Steps to 16 alternative education programme which gives a second chance to 14 to 16 year-olds who have been struggling in mainstream school.

Steps helped to get Amber back on track and now she’s at college. Amber says: “If I hadn’t joined Steps then I would have definitely failed to get any exams at school. In fact, I don’t even think I would have stayed on at school!”

To help more people like Amber, register at www.surrey5peaks.org.uk.

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