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In February 2016 I embarked on a trip to Kenya to work with the Isaiah Trust – a charity that works with street children to provide them with shelter, food and get them back into education. The experience was amazing and something I will never forget. While I was there I was involved with the teaching aspect of the charity but the classroom was very small and had no windows.  So in temperatures above 35C learning is much harder!  This led me to want to do something for the charity that I felt would make a real difference -- an outdoor classroom. My overall target is to raise £10,000 over a period of 4/5 years.

To get me off to a good start I decided I would do a sponsored long distance walk and enquiries led me to the Pennine Journey. I roped in my grandma and granddad, both experienced and keen long distance walkers and so in early July 2017 off we set. The overall experience of the walk was very rewarding and the scenery throughout was beautiful - even on the days that it rained!

The walk covered a wide range of different terrain and scenery and, apart from having 12 blisters at one time and hurting my Achilles tendon after a week, every day was amazing. I was grateful that my grandma and granddad, both in their 70's, did the walk with me; not many grandparents would walk 247 miles if asked too!  They are a true inspiration and show that, whatever your age, you can do something if you put your mind to it - so a huge ‘thank you’ to them.  The walk was also rewarding financially as it raised over £3000 towards my project bringing my overall total to just over £4000.

I would recommend the walk to anyone who wants to see, in a comparatively short space of time a large part of the magnificent range of scenery that northern England has to offer. It really is a beautiful walk and allowed me to combine a wonderful experience whilst raiding funds for a worthwhile cause which will make a difference to many children’s futures.

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