10K Coombe Hill Charity Walk

A photo from the January 2019 Walk


Do you fancy a beautiful New Year’s 10 km charity walk in our local countryside? Well, following last year’s resounding success where 184 people completed the event, Aylesbury-based charity, Youth Concern’s Business Fundraising Action Group is organising its second 10K winter charity walk in Wendover on Sunday 5th January 2020. The walk will raise vital funds to help set up Youth Concern’s new youth homeless accommodation project called the Next Step. Wendover business owner Garry King (Kings Farm Shop) and Emma Walker from the Ashridge Security Group Ltd are part of the group organising the walk.  They’ve doubled their fundraising target from last year and are hoping to encourage at least 250 people to come and  don their winter walking boots to raise a minimum of £10K. The circular walk starts at the Witchell Cricket Ground, going past Buckmoorend Farm at the half way 5K point with refreshments and a toilet stop, then on up to the Coombe Hill monument before returning to the Witchell starting point. The advance registration fee £20 (£10 children under 16, accompanied by an adult) includes a bacon butty and hot drink for everyone at the end of the walk. Register online at http://youthconcern.org.uk/events.

Other local businesses have again rallied together to sponsor the walk including Dary Sweeney (Budgens), Tim Cooper (Dayla) & Bob Duggan (Wendover Wood). If your businesses would like to sponsor the event, there is still time, so please contact fran@youthconcern.org. uk if you’re interested. Over the past year, Youth Concern in Aylesbury, has helped more than 500 vulnerable and disadvantaged young people locally of which 84 were facing a homelessness crisis through their Nightstop project but there is often no next step. “We are confident that our new youth homeless supported accommodation project will provide the “next step” for young people needing an opportunity to rebuild their lives following a homelessness crisis. We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from the local community and are now only 30K short of our £1m fundraising target. This project truly is a community response to a community issue,” says Fran Borg-Wheeler, CEO of Youth Concern, “We are also very grateful to the Thomas Hickman charity who have purchased a beautiful building from which we can run the Next Step project where, at any one time, 9 young people experiencing homelessness will be able to live for up to a year, and receive bespoke support packages, to enable them to make a smooth transition to independent living.”  More details in January Wendover News.