Emily Little from Canterbury, is planning to walk 365 miles over 32 days, along the UK’s South West Coastal path to raise money for Spurgeons Children’s Charity.
Emily (21) was inspired to put on her walking boots after volunteering at Spurgeons Invisible Walls project at HMP Winchester. The project supports children affected by parental imprisonment. It does this through providing parenting guidance to fathers in the prison, including a homework club where they can help their child with school work, as well as delivering advice and information through its visitors’ centre.
Emily, who volunteered at Invisible Walls as part of her psychology degree at Winchester University, said: “Spurgeons is doing amazing work at Invisible Walls, helping fathers maintain relationships with their children. It inspired me to raise money for the charity as evidence shows their valuable work is reducing reoffending rates among fathers in the prison”.
Emily’s fundraising target of £1,500 has already been boosted by a £265 donation from Winchester University’s Busking Society. A group of 14 students raised the money by busking in Winchester’s city centre.
Emily, who now works during the day as a teaching assistant at The Beacon School in Folkestone is busy training for the mammoth trek with her boyfriend James who will join her on the walk.
It will take them from Bude to Teignmouth along the South West Coastal Path which runs from Somerset’s Minehead to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset – the longest National Trail in the UK. Emily’s walk will start on Monday 22 May until Wednesday 21 June with plans to walk between 11 and 19 miles a day.
In September, Emily will be studying for an MA in forensic psychology at Kent University as a step towards qualifying as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Her ambition is to work in the area of mental health in a secure hospital.
Emily said: “Spurgeons Invisible Walls project is a really worthy cause that needs support. We must help these children and their parents. Please donate. Every child deserves to be able to maintain a relationship with their parent”.
To help Emily smash her fundraising target visit her Justgiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emily-Edwards-Little