Laura Lapham

The Big Homeless Walk

Fundraising for MACS Supporting Children and Young People
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We support children and young people to create homes and build positive futures


Hello! Firstly, a massive thank you for visiting this page and any donations you may give - it is massively appreciated.

My two colleagues and I are about to venture on a charity walk, in order to raise money and awareness, of some of the difficulties the young people we support face on a daily basis. Many of our young people have experienced sleeping rough, suffer from a range of mental health difficulties and face financial difficulties with the little benefits they are in receipt of. The money raised from this walk will go towards support packages for the young people. This may come in the form of; topping up gas and electric, food packages, household essentials, ability to engage in community sports, travel to and from education/employment, or the ability to engage in support for mental and physical well-being. 

We plan to follow St.Patricks Walk from the Naven Centre, outside Armagh to Downpatrick. This is an 89 mile signposted walk, which should take approximately 6 days. We plan to begin this walk on Saturday 24th September 2022. 

As many of our young people have experienced sleeping rough, we will be relying solely on the help of friends/colleagues who live along our route walk, to support us with sleeping arrangements - this will be in the form of sofa surfing and/or using their grounds to sleep in. Alternatively, if we are unable to secure somewhere to sleep, we will be sleeping rough and camping. We will also be living on the weekly benefit some of our young people are expected to survive on. Many of our young people are in receipt of Universal Credit (UC), without the housing element, this equates to approximately £49 a week. We will be rounding that up to £50 each for food/water/somewhere to sleep for the duration of the walk.  

We are hoping for donations for our walk in the terms of camping equipment - any donations we will be paying forward after our walk and giving the donated items to local hubs around Belfast who support homeless individuals. 

We are hoping this walk will also shed some light on the many benefits of being immersed in nature, not only the physical benefits but also the mental/emotional benefits gained from being with friends, sharing stories and walking. 

About the charity

MACS work with people aged 16-25 in need of our help. We provide homes and holistic support with education and training; health and wellbeing including mental health and substance dependency; social participation and life skills development enabling young people to build positive futures.

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