4000 Miles Conquered: Our 2023 Fundraising Challenge

At Hope for the Young, we never shy away from a challenge. Which is why, over the month of September, we set ourselves a hefty goal: to walk, run, swim, and cycle a collective distance of 4000 miles.

4000 miles is the average distance the young people on our programmes have travelled from their home to reach safety in the UK, often on their own. This includes the distance from Afghanistan (4676 miles), Eritrea (4999 miles), Iran (3410 miles), Syria (2829 miles), and Vietnam (5374 miles).

After totting up the miles and counting all the donations, we are delighted to announce that we hit our target of travelling 4000 miles over the month of September – 4,011 miles were travelled, to be precise – and raised an incredible ££14,560, thanks to over 180 people who donated.

Thank you to our fundraisers

We couldn’t have done it without the 40 incredible people who took part in our 4000 Mile Challenge.

From Denise, who completed daily walks throughout the month of September and clocked an incredible 107 miles, to our CEO Matt and his friend Tom, who cycled 115 miles from Brighton to Margate over two days, to Ellie and Harry, who ran the whole length of the Victoria Tube line from Walthamstow to Brixton, covering the distance of a half-marathon, and many more!

And that’s not to mention our team of 6 runners who completed the London Big Half Marathon on one of the hottest days of the year!

We’d like to give a big shoutout to Philip, Hafsa, Sara, Matt, Pritam and Linn, who all blazed around Central and East London in support of young refugees.

And of course, no Hope for the Young fundraising event would be complete without our Annual Sponsored Walk. Click here to read a recap of the day by Abdoul, our Communications Volunteer.

Where the money we raised will go

All of the money raised from our fundraising challenge will go towards supporting more young refugees and asylum-seekers to access education and mentoring support, through our programmes.

Thanks to your support, this year we will be able to provide 170 young people with one-to-one support from a dedicated mentor and support 50 young people to access education through our Grants and Advocacy Programme.

Thank you!

We’d like to say a great big thank you to all the amazing people who joined our 4000 Mile Challenge, donated, and cheered us on.

We have been so touched and inspired by your hard work, generosity, and commitment to ensuring that young refugees can access the education and one-to-one support they need to rebuild their lives.

Alice Finta

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