The world is full of wonder through the eyes of children, and what children learn in their early years shapes what they believe in the future. Children may spend around 30 hours a week at school learning, but there is so much more to life than sums and spellings! HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, are encouraging local families to help end rough sleeping and show the younger generation that anyone can make a difference to their local community, no matter how old they are.
Each year HARP host a Spring Walk that is suitable for all the family. As well as being a wonderful afternoon out in the fresh air, which is most welcomed after a long winter cooped up indoors, it also brings families and individuals together for a local cause. The 3.5 mile walk starts at Priory Park in Southend and ends at Belfairs Woodland Centre in Leigh. Participants are greeted at Belfairs with tea and cakes as well as a courtesy ride back to Priory Park on the HARP Express if they need it.
Homelessness is a complex issue and requires both time and professional support to overcome for good. Homeless people need a combination of affordable housing and professional support to help them overcome their own personal issues, and this takes time and resources. Fundraising is key to sustaining ongoing professional support for those most at risk, so Spring Walk participants are encouraged to raise money for HARP.
The Spring Walk is a brilliant introduction to fundraising for children and empowers them, no matter how young, to play an active role in improving local lives. Last year Maria Clarke, who has been suffering with poor health for some time, took part with her daughter Rosie and their dog Cookie, and together they raised £130 for HARP. But despite Maria’s poor health they didn’t stop walking at Belfairs, they continued back to Priory Park for a 7 mile round trip! This was a huge achievement for local Mum Maria, who said “a few years ago I’d never have dreamed of walking unaided, let alone a full 7 miles!”
Could you and your family give someone that is homeless a real opportunity to turn their life around? Sign up for HARP’s Spring Walk and help HARP end rough sleeping, one stride at a time.
For more information contact Lisa Walton on 01702 615 000 or visit: https://www.harpsouthend.org.uk/spring-walk-2018