On Sunday 17th July, a group of 27 walkers (and three dogs) took to the streets of Huddersfield for a 2.5 mile hike from Brian Jackson House, up to the top of Castle Hill (and back down again!).
The group was made up of YCC staff, volunteers and members of the community. It was an excellent turn out and we certainly turned some heads as we marched up to the top the hill sporting our bright yellow YCC t-shirts.
The objective of the walk was to raise the charity’s profile. We spoke to several members of the public as we completed the walk, to spread the message that YCC seeks to Improve Lives and Inspire Change through our four core values: Employability, Education, Health and Wellbeing and Healthy Relationships!
As well as raising our profile yesterday, many of the walkers were sponsored to complete the challenge. Thanks to these individuals, we have also so far raised over £600 for the charity which will be fundamental in helping YCC reach even more children, young people, and their families to offer life-changing support where it is needed most.
What’s more, the charity was lucky enough to be joined by YCC royalty! Amongst the walkers was Lucy Jackson – the daughter of YCC’s founder, Brian Jackson – and two of her children! Lucy told YCC
“It was a real pleasure to join staff, volunteers and friends of Yorkshire Children’s Centre on Sunday for the sponsored walk up Castle Hill, with two of my own children (now adults!). It was great to see my dad’s legacy still alive in his home town – he always believed that every child is exceptional , that every child has the right to play, be looked after, be safe and protected from violence, to learn and be loved – all beliefs that I still see in the work of YCC today, 39 years after his death (running in Huddersfield to raise funds for the centre). Thank you all again for all your passion and commitment”
On behalf of the YCC charity – a HUGE thank you to all of those who participated in the walk and who sponsored the event. This includes everyone who reached out to us on our Just Giving page and left donations and messages of support, all of the friends and family who donated on sponsorship forms, the members of public who cheered us on with car beeps and words of encouragement, and to AG BARR who provided us with plenty of refreshments to keep us going throughout the day!
Samantha Latchayya who led the group on the day said that “The walk was a huge success. It’s completely thanks to the group of amazing individuals who could have chosen to do anything on that hot Sunday morning, but chose to spend it supporting YCC – which was incredibly heart-warming!”
If you would like join in with any of YCC’s upcoming events, please feel free to check out our volunteer page on the website or you can also contact [email protected] (Volunteering Development Officer) directly.
JUST GIVING LINK: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WalkWithYCCCastleHill?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=campaign&utm_content=WalkWithYCCCastleHill&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=c41db53cdb1244d5b77d7ccbb73231e2
To find out more about the ways you can support YCC please contact Head of Income and Partnerships Sara Eltman [email protected]