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When I was in my teenage years, I was in a Venture Scout group and we frequently headed off into the wilds to go hiking and camping. On one occassion we tackled the first day of the Pennine Way and it was grim! Boot-sucking, black bogs and horrifying tip-toeing across heaving blankets of weeds floating over unknown depths. We loved it!
Its been many years since then and while I've hiked lots of terrific places in that time, the seed of the idea to hike the whole Pennine Way had been planted. And now its time for it to grow; before perhaps it gets too late and I end up always wishing I had done it.
Because those childhood trips into the 'great outdoors' left me with a love of nature and 'wild' places, I want to raise money for a charity that encourages young people to try those places out for themselves. Taking part in the DofE awards scheme provides that but also provides a balanced programme of activities that develop the whole person - mind, body and soul - in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. It builds confidence and self-esteem and requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all youn people (14 to 24) who participate. So please do support them by sponsoring me on my hike.
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