At the end of May I will be doing the Suffolk Challenge Walk – which involves walking 66 miles from Felixstowe to Lowestoft over 5 days – to raise money for Woodbridge’s wonderful local youth charity Just 42. I’m fit but fat and I’ll get blisters – but it will be worth it. Just 42 are a wonderful charity. Please help me to help them by sponsoring, if you can. My Just Giving site is http://www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Page1. I know how tight times are, but every pound helps!
Just 42 work with 460 young people every week in 18 locations and 26 clubs based in Woodbridge and 9 outlying villages. In fact they cover in total 400 sq miles of rural countryside – bringing mobile youth clubs out to places where there is no transport whatsoever. The young people they support deal with some big problems : disaffection, rural isolation, bullying, low self-esteem, special educational needs, drug/alcohol abuse, complex family issues, school exclusion and criminal behaviour. The results and outcomes are spectacular: engaging 2,300 different young people per year through weekly clubs, sports coaching, mentoring groups and school assemblies. Just 42 embrace the most disadvantaged or excluded, and those with special needs, giving support, advice and help to encourage (often very needy and disadvantaged) young people to succeed and fulfil their potential.
In 2011/12 it was members of Just 42′s Off the Streets club (and in particular Cydonie and Trevor) who argued so persuasively and effectively at Suffolk’s Full Council and Scrutiny meetings for the return of the Explore card (see link).
And Just 42 is not only doing this well and effectively – it is doing it on a shoestring! After SCC’s recent cuts Just 42 remains the only such group left in our part of Suffolk – and only because SCC had never historically funded them in the first place! Just 42′s valuable work is funded entirely by donations.
Please dig deep – and help them carry on helping the young people in rural Suffolk.
The Suffolk Challenge walk is a series of five linked walks that are part of the Suffolk Walking Festival (details here). Try and join one if you can, and discover the glories of the Suffolk countryside. Or better, join with me, and Just42’s fundraiser, Julia Hancock (not to mention her dog) and walk some or all of the challenge with us.