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Support Just 42 to support the rural young!

I’m hoping to persuade as many people as possible – both local and distant – to sponsor me as I walk the Suffolk Walking Challenge. This is 100km along the SuffolkCoast from Landguard Point at Felixstowe to Lowestoft. I’m walking this because it is lovely and because its a treat to spend five days on myself – but most importantly in order to raise money for our wonderful Woodbridge youth charity Just 42.

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Just 42 helps 2,500 young people every year in 26 clubs across 18 locations in Woodbridge and 9 outlying villages. Beautiful open unspoiled countryside has a down-side: small scattered communities and poor transport. Just 42 covers 400 sq miles of rural countryside – bringing mobile youth clubs out to places where there is no transport whatsoever.

I’m fit, but fat, and I WILL get blisters – but it will be worth it because – as we all know –  Just 42 is really quite superb.

Like many of us, I’m an ardent walker – and I love Suffolk’s beautiful open unspoiled countryside. But beautiful open unspoiled countryside has a down-side: small scattered communities and poor transport. This is a particular problem for young people, especially the poorer young people. There is often little on offer locally and it is difficult for them to get elsewhere, particularly if their families are feeling the pinch. Just 42 helps 2,500 young people every year in locations not only within Woodbridge but across 400 sq miles of rural countryside – bringing mobile youth clubs out to places where there is no transport or youth facilities whatsoever.

The young people they support may be dealing with problems such as 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 2,500 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) young people to succeed and fulfil their potential.

I am very proud indeed that the group is based in Woodbridge  – but the benefits spread out across Suffolk Coastal – and may alter lives.

Just 42 is not only doing this work well and effectively – it is doing it on a shoestring!  After recent cuts Just 42 is the only open-access youth group remaining in our part of Suffolk  and its valuable work is funded entirely by donations. People today have many calls on their attention and purse, but this  cause is so good, and provides so much support to the future of our county that  I very much hope I can persuade you to sponsor me too! I’m walking with Just 42′s fundraiser, Julia Hancock and Celine the dog!

The more money we raise, the more Just42 will be able to do through their kidz klubz, youth clubs, sport sessions, mentoring, mobile youth centre and holiday clubs,” Julia points out.

Celine – Julia’s 2 year old black Labrador – has unselfishly been helping her train for the event by insisting on long long walks every day. Being the strong silent type, she doesn’t say a word. But if she could speak Celine would say:

“Please could you dig deep and help us help them carry on helping the young people in rural Suffolk”

My Just Giving link is  http://www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Page1/

Alternatively, people can “Text a Tenner”  to support Just 42 by texting:  FTOL66 £10 to 70070.

Please sponsor me – and Just42 – for the Suffolk Challenge Walk!

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.