On July 23rd a group of ten friends will be setting of on a 78 miles long six day walk from Ilkley, West Yorkshire to Bowness in the Lake District.
We are not walkers by disposition. We spend our weekends in front of the playstation rather than on windswept hills. The nearest that some of us come to fresh air is when we walk between pubs on a Saturday night. In short, this walk is probably going to kill us.
But we're doing it anyway.
In 2005 our friends Neil and Rachael lost their three year old son Joseph. He didn't suffer, he simply fell into a deeper sleep from which he never awoke.
Neil and Rachael have set up a charity in his name. The Joseph Salmon Trust supports parents who have lost a child by providing financial assistance to those who need it most. This may be to help with funeral costs or to allow the self employed a break from work while they come to terms with their loss.
Grieving families have enough to deal with without worries about where they will find the money to say goodbye to their child or pay the next electricity bill. Nothing we can do can make their situation better, but we can do something to stop it getting worse.
We are walking for the love of a little boy gone and the parents that remain, and to help those parents that have nightmares ahead.
You can follow our training for the walk at:
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor me: The Joseph Salmon Trust will receive your money faster and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.
Many thanks for your support.
Well, we did it! It wasn't easy at times but it was all worthwhile. There is still plenty of time to donate if you have not done so however. We've made our target of £3000, so lets aim even higher. Every penny raised will go directly towards easing the suffering of someone going through the worst pain imaginable.
The Dales Walk
Fundraising for The Joseph Salmon Trust
The Trust aims to help parents bereaved of a child in the Huddersfield, Halifax and Mirfield areas. We aim to assist parents in paying for headstones and funeral expenses, with other financial issues being addressed on an individual basis.