Mays' Meander the Way
Hi! My name's Bailey and I'm 16 years old.
I first moved to Newark in 2005 with my mum and my brother. I was almost 4. We were fortunate enough to move into the Refuge. This was our home for 7 months. The Refuge, when you're 4, is a really cool place. There were winding banisters and a playroom with super cool, giant, foam blocks and an outdoor area with toys. The refuge had lots of other families so there was always someone to play with. We had a Halloween party, we received Harvest Festival gifts and lots of kind people donated clothes and toiletries for the mums. Santa came to visit and we had a Christmas party. On Christmas day, there were stacks of presents; people were and still are very generous.
Refuge receives limited funding. In order to maintain this valuable service, it relies on the generosity and good will of the local community. Without this lifeline service, many families would be unsupported, left vulnerable and living in fear. Without Refuge providing me with a safe home so I could attend school and start on my path in education, I wouldn't be where I am today. So to celebrate me finishing my GCSEs, mum and I are going to complete the West Highland Way!
West Highland Way
We will be on an 8-day adventure across the magnificent scenery of Scotland. We will commence our 96-mile journey form Milngavie to Fort William on the 1st of July. Passing by the charming rural villages of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Tyndrum and Inveroran, punctuate the trail on the way to the Glencoe Mountain Ski Resort which lies on the remote Rannoch Moor. The walk continues onto Kinlochleven via the Devil's Staircase (sounds welcoming!) before finally reaching Ben Nevis and Fort William. Mum has booked our accommodation (100% of your donation goes directly to the children in Refuge.) We will be staying in a variety of accommodation from a converted church to a ski chalet, a hobbit hut to a bunkhouse. Mum's in charge of map reading and I'm going to make an awesome playlist. Mum has done a trek to Everest Base Camp for Newark Women's Aid before and so has some experience of a multi-day adventure, only this time, with no yaks and a much more manageable altitude. Just pesky midges to contend with!
I hope to raise £600 for the children in Refuge, £100 per week of the 6 week holiday to be spent on making memories.
Please donate if you can! Thanks for reading!
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