On the last day of August Kristine Young, a new member of our sales and support team, and I met up with a crowd of people from St. Paul’s Hostel at British Camp, and prepared for an epic walk over the Malvern Hills.
It was a lovely hot summer’s day and despite the initial access to the hills, a rather tricky steep and slippery slope, once we got underway we enjoyed the somewhat exhausting walk immensely. I struggled I have to say but for my young athletic colleague it was a walk in the park.
As we climbed steadily over the three hills, with the Beacon, our final destination firmly in sight, the views were breath taking. Kristine and Griff, St Paul’s volunteer co-ordinator who was a sporting a yellow dog costume, the Hostel’s mascot, were fantastically supportive as they took it in turns to carry my back pack.
There were one or two hairy moments for Griff particularly as obviously the Malvern Hills is a popular place for people to walk their dogs, and many a passing canine looked at the strange gigantic hound in an odd way. One enthusiastic golden Labrador barked at him relentlessly and he was a little nervous not knowing what sex the dog was, and whether it was intimidated or just found him extremely attractive!
Local author Carl Flint, who has written books on the Malvern Hills, gave us a fabulous walking commentary as we went along, pointing out interesting places and telling us a little bit about the history of the area. His narrative was both lively and informative and the entire party seemed genuinely amazed by some of his bizarre accounts of ancient tales intertwined with folklore and historic fact.
Eighteen of us took part in total and when we arrived at the summit of the Beacon we sat down and rested, enjoying the panoramic views and our packed lunches. Along the way St Paul’s staff offered the collection tin to friendly walkers who apparently gave very generously.
I have to say a big thank you to Kristine and Griff for being so kind and supportive, as I really could not have done it without their help, and a massive thanks to everyone who gave us really generous donations. At the moment, with the £250 match funding Postcode Anywhere is giving us, Kristine and I alone, have raised a staggering £620.
St Paul’s is a very worthy cause. Homelessness is something that can happen to anyone particularly in these difficult economic times where people can find themselves in changed financial circumstances through redundancy, divorce or ill health even. It can often be a fine line between having a secure and comfortable home and then, through no fault of your own, finding that you are homeless. St. Paul’s is a life line for many people but to continue their good work in providing accommodation, counselling and life skills to their clients, they are reliant on financial support.
Many of St. Paul’s clients are very isolated and some have experienced extremely traumatic lives. Because of this, all funds raised will go towards providing counselling and life skills to homeless individuals across Worcestershire.
If you still would like to contribute you can do so by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Angela-Davis1 or for St Paul’s volunteer co-ordinator Griff Richards’ page visit http://www.justgiving.com/Gruffydd-Richards