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Tom and Olly Walk for Charity

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The devastating financial impact of coronavirus has meant that nearly 80 percent of charities say that the pandemic has left them in a worsening situation and predict the crisis will negatively impact their ability to deliver planned objectives over the next 12 months. They really do need all the help they can get.

Over the weekend of 20 February, and despite torrential conditions, Tom S and Olly D from King Alfred House, completed an intrepid 20-mile walk in the areas of Thurlbear and Stoke St. Mary, on the edge of Taunton and the Blackdown Hills, in order to raise awareness and funds for a charity that many of us are familiar with – Sporting Minds UK.

Sporting Minds UK is a registered charity that seeks to raise awareness and provide support to enable positive mental health in young sports people.

Commenting, Olly said: "Tom and I wanted to help raise some money for Sporting Minds UK. Throughout this lockdown, we have been walking together, and believe this has had really positive effect on our mental health. We would recommend it to everyone – obviously done in a Covid-safe manner, and perhaps during a better spell of weather than we recently experienced!"

The weather was indeed biblical, with high winds and horizontal rain, but their resolve was strong, and they kept a smile on their faces the whole way round.

As of writing, they have smashed through their initial target and have raised a very commendable £1350.

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