A dedicated group of people with learning disabilities will put their best foot forward next week to help a community farm in Africa. The group of more than 60 walkers, all from Leeds, will take on the 10k trek on June 17, hoping to raise cash to improve the lives of people living almost 6,000 miles away.
The walk has been organised as one of the events for Learning Disability Week, 16-20 June, and will support the charity Africa’s Gift, which works to improve the lives of people in Lesotho and build relationships between different communities.
The team of adults, who use our learning disability service, have already been hard at work in the gym, training to improve their fitness ahead of the walk. Along with their support workers, they will take the picturesque, circular route from Burnsall to Linton, crossing meadows, getting up close with local wildlife and enjoying Linton’s waterfalls.
The walk has been organised by support workers Cath Marchant and Mark Pollard. Cath said:
“Adults with a learning disability are often the recipients of support or charitable donations from their local community. We wanted to try and reverse this, and give some of the people we work with the chance to show their support for another community.”
Funds raised by the group will be used to buy specialist tunnels for villagers to farm and grow vegetables which they can then sell at local markets.
We’d really like to support them in their efforts. If you would like to sponsor the team, visit www.charitycheckout.co.uk/1149830/farm including ‘LD sponsored walk’ when donating.
Learning Disability Week takes place from June 16-20 and is a week of national campaigning aimed at raising awareness of learning disabilities. More information about activities for Learning Disability week in Leeds is available at this link.