City Hearts staff prepare for Sofa to Summit challenge!

With less than a month to go until our annual Sofa to Summit fundraising event, we caught up with some City Hearts staff to see how they’re getting on with training for the 25-mile challenge!

City Hearts CEO Ed Newton will be joining the in-person trek across the Yorkshire Three Peaks on July 9, and has been doing laps of his local park in Leeds in preparation.

“Sofa to Summit is our chance to push ourselves to raise funds for survivors of Modern Slavery,” he said.

“I’ve barely walked around more than my local park for the last few years, but now, as a challenge, I’ll be joining many of our supporters in attempting to cross the Yorkshire Three Peaks in just 12 hours. All the money we raise will enable us to continue offering the vital long-term support to survivors that helps them go on to live stable, healthy, and free lives.”

Chief Operations Officer at City Hearts, Steve Watson, lives in Sheffield, and plans to run the 25.5 mile route of the Yorkshire peaks in less than 6 hours!

“I run in the Peak District fairly regularly,” he said. “But never as far as 25 miles, so I’m trying to get some longer training runs in!

“I would urge as many people as possible to take part in Sofa to Summit. It doesn’t matter how fit you are. You can just walk three and a half miles a day with your dog for a week if you like- just as long as you’re raising money for City Hearts! Every penny really does make a difference to the long-term outcome for survivors of Modern Slavery.”

Mollie Field, an outreach coordinator from our Sunderland office is looking forward to taking part in Sofa to Summit remotely with her dog Indy, and the rest of the North East team.

“This year, the team from the North East plan on bringing our fury friends along to Sofa to Summit and dog walking our way across the 25.5 mile finish line here in the North East,” she said.
“Funding for long-term support is absolutely crucial in the process of recovery for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking; enhancing wellbeing and independence in immeasurable ways.”

Amanda Houghton, who works with clients in our long-term recovery programme, is planning to complete the challenge over a few days, by walking in the countryside around her home town of Rochdale.

“I love walking and do it as much as I can,” she said. “I’m going for hikes as much as possible in the lead up to Sofa to Summit in order to prepare, and I’m planning to do Snowdon soon.

“We’re raising money for the City Hearts’ Integration Support Department, which helps survivors of modern slavery improve their resilience to being re-exploited. I’ve seen first-hand how much of a difference the long-term support makes for our clients, and how it can completely transform their lives in ways they never thought possible!”

Beth Thomas-Braithwaite is our Fundraising Manager, and a self-proclaimed fitness freak!

She is currently covering 20 miles a week with her Doncaster based running club, as well as walking around 30 miles a week with her dog! She plans to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks in person on July 9.

“I love walking around Doncaster and the Peak District,” said Beth. “But I’m still nervous about covering 25.5 miles in 12 hours!

“I would urge as many people as possible to take part in Sofa to Summit. It’s heart-breaking to know that so many people in the UK have had their basic human rights taken away from them. Getting involved in Sofa to Summit and fundraising, not only allows City Hearts to deliver life changing work, but it opens up the conversation around the issue of Modern Slavery in the UK.

“You don’t have to cover the whole distance in one go – take your time, do it with friends. Any fundraising is good fundraising!”

The guided ‘in-person’ trek across the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales, is planned for Saturday, July 9, is open to the public, and can be booked here. An early bird sign up price of £25pp is available until June 12 with discount code CHHEROES.

Follow the link below to sign up to Sofa to Summit virtually and complete 25.5 miles for survivors of Modern Slavery wherever and however you like!