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Members of The Challenge Network are supporting The Samaritans

Members of The Challenge Network are supporting The Samaritans

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A GROUP of youngsters will be walking 24,000 steps to raise money for The Samaritans.

Members of The Challenge Network volunteer group will be walking around Wigan, on Saturday, September 15 to raise awareness for the town’s Samaritans, which provides a listening ear and support for people who have concerns on a range of issues.

The event will be called Steps 4 Samaritans and the group of 11 aim to raise money to help the call centre.

The Challenge Network is based at Wigan and Leigh College and allows students the opportunity to fund-raise and do volunteer work within the community.

The participants have split into five teams to organise various events, with Team Perham opting to support the Samaritans.

Volunteer Katie Blakeley, 16, said; “As part of our Real Challenge we decided to do a sponsorship day where we will walk around Wigan town centre all in green, this is the colour of the Samaritans logo, giving out leaflets to promote the charity as it has no government funding and has to rely on donations.

“We are going to walk 24,000 steps representing 24,000 calls a year which we have worked out is approximately 12 miles.

“It costs £70 to keep the charity running for a day. We have spent the day with the Samaritans group, learning about what they do. The organisation allows people the chance to speak to someone anonymously, about whatever problems they are facing.

“As many of us were local, we didn’t know that the Samaritans are based there and this led us to believe we need to educate people on where they can get help.”

The team are also holding a Campaign Day on September 22 in Standishgate, from 11am until 3pm.

Katie added: “Our aim is to bring elderly and younger people together in the community, as we felt there was a barrier between them.”

To make a donation visit www,mydonate.bt.com/fund-raisers/steps4samaritans .