Volunteer of the Year Goes the Extra Mile
A volunteer for the Education Futures Trust (EFT) has gone the extra mile to raise money for the charity, after walking 15 miles from Eastbourne to Hastings on November 24th. Mark Ripley, who was awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in the Hastings Volunteer Action (HVA) volunteer awards 2019, has volunteered with the charity for four years, first making contact via their Without Walls conservation course.
Despite having his own struggles with homelessness and needing to make an hour-and-a-half round trip, on foot, to get to the EFT, Mark has found his voice since volunteering and chats regularly with staff and volunteers, sharing his learning about birds and plants.
To raise much needed funding for EFT and to say thank you to the charity, Mark decided to do what he does best and embarked on a 15-mile walk from Eastbourne to Hastings along the shingle beach – no easy feat.
The journey took him 6.5 hours in total, and all funds raised will go towards funding the EFT’s food hampers, which are given to local families in need. “I’m really pleased that I could do this walk,” Mark says. “The Education Futures Trust help people through tough times and have helped me build my confidence. I decided to do a 15-mile walk to help raise funds, so they can carry on the good work they are doing to provide people with food.”
The Education Futures Trust is a charity helping local families, children and individuals through keyworkers working local in schools to provide alternative and outdoor education with sports, wellbeing, forest schools and conservation. They are also currently providing food hampers to local families to help them through this difficult time.
• If you’re able to donate to Mark’s cause, visit www.localgiving.org/fundraising/markswalk
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