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“Peak to spire” trek

Staff from three Adullam Derbyshire projects that provide supported accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness have organised a testing event to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Turkey-Syria earthquake appeal.

Person walking on countryside path.

Taking place on Friday, March 17, the 24.2 mile route from Buxton to Chesterfield will use on and off-road paths and bridleways.

The Adullam Homes Housing Association team is getting plenty of support. Buxton Ramblers Club has helped with planning the route, and staff from High Peak Bookstore have said they will take part, as well as helping to distribute sponsor forms. Adullam Social Enterprises is sponsoring the event.

The walk is being led by Adullam Team Leaders Lindsey Bamford and Marlon Rowe who are based in Chesterfield, and Michael Birchenall who works in Buxton and came up with the idea.

They plan to set off at 7.30am and are hoping as well as some of their residents they will be joined by staff from other Adullam projects and other Derbyshire organisations.

For those who don’t feel able to tackle the complete distance, the walk is being split into three eight-mile(ish) sections. Anyone can join and take part, but they will be expected to walk eight miles minimum to each checkpoint from which transport will be arranged to get anyone who wants to stop taken to Chatsworth for food and to enjoy time with each other.

Commenting, Michael Birchenall said: “We are looking forward to the day and hope the weather is kind to us. We are passionate about this cause as a lot of our residents have passed through these countries seeking refuge.

“We are asking friends and family to support us as well as sports and other groups with whom we have links. We hope to make a good donation to the appeal.”

A JustGiving page has been set up that anyone can use to support the cause and to get more details.