Hiking and Sleeping Rough
I intend to hike from Manchester to Hebden Bridge and sleep rough for two nights to raise money for Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH).
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DASH - Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield
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Towards the end of December, I began putting together a bucket list for 2018. By the time I'd added what I thought was more than enough activities, I soon realised that everything was focussed on my own personal development and wellbeing. So, I decided that I'd try to do something to benefit other people, too. After a lot of umming and ahhing, I resolved to raise as much money for Huddersfield-based charities as possible.
I chose to kick things off with DASH for 3 reasons: one, charities that cater for refugees are often overlooked by mainstream donors; two, a society can only be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members, and refugees are often just that; three, my own grandmother was a refugee of sorts, fleeing Prussia in the last days of the Second World War, before making her way to the UK.
I'm hiking and sleeping rough because I asked Twitter to "choose my pain." I suppose if you think about, there's something symbolic about crossing a border (Yorkshire/Lancashire), a banal routine for most Westerners, but an unwelcome, perilous venture for millions elsewhere.
This is the least I can do to help. What about you?
Hiking and Sleeping Rough for DASH
On day one, I'll hike from Manchester to Marsden and sleep rough for the night.
On day two, I'll hike from Marsden to Huddersfield, before settling in for another night on the cobbles.
On day three, I'll hike from Huddersfield to Hebden Bridge.
All funds raised will go to Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH), a small charity which offers support and advice for asylum seekers and refugees.
For more information about DASH, visit http://www.huddsdash.org.uk/
Hiking and sleeping rough
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