Sofa to Summit

Calling all City Hearts Heroes! 

Sofa to Summit is back…and this time we’re heading to the Yorkshire Three Peaks! 

Between July 4 and July 10, we’re asking participants to run, walk, cycle or swim the equivalent route of The Yorkshire Three Peaks

That’s 25.5 miles wherever and however you like! All with the aim of raising money for survivors of Modern Slavery. 

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What is Sofa to Summit?

Sofa to Summit is our annual fundraising event where our supporters cover a certain distance within a set amount of time, in order to raise vital funds to support survivors of Modern Slavery.

Last year, our staff and supporters raised an incredible £30,000 by tackling a virtual ‘Sofa to Summit’ climb up Kilimanjaro. They had two weeks in which to walk or run 56 miles wherever they liked.

This year, instead of tackling the mountains of Africa, we’re keeping it closer to home by taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Between July 4 and July 10, we’re asking you to choose your own route, and run, walk, cycle or swim the 25.5miles of the peaks, however and wherever the mood takes you. 

Or, join us on our 12-hour guided trek, and enjoy the beauty of the Yorkshire Three Peaks in person. 

So what are you waiting for? 

Lace up your walking boots and get set to take on the perfect summer challenge. 

What are the Yorkshire Three Peaks?

The Yorkshire Three Peaks are the three hills of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, which lie in the Yorkshire Dales in the north of the UK. It’s a 25.5 mile circular walk, which many people aim to complete in a day.

How do I get involved?

First you need to decide whether you’re doing it virtually or in-person.

If you’re doing it virtually: Sign up for our virtual option here, and complete the 25.5 miles however and wherever you like, in the seven day time window.

A fundraising page through Enthuse will make it easy for you to track your miles, and watch your fundraising total rocket! You can also link up with Strava to share your journey with friends and family using social media. 

We’ll see you at the virtual finish-line, whether you choose to run, cycle, swim or skip there!

For virtual routes, we ask you aim for a minimum sponsorship target of £250, check out our City Hearts Heroes Fundraising Pack here for top tips on maximising your fundraising goal. 

If you’re doing it in person: Sign up here, and join us on Saturday July 9, where a team will be setting off from Pen Y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales at 7am, in an attempt to complete the 25.5mile route in 12 hours.

The route will be guided by an experienced mountain leader, and an early bird entry discount of £25pp is available until June 12 using the code ‘CHHEROES’. Registration after that is £40pp. 

We have limited tickets for the in-person trek, so make sure you book on as soon as possible. 

If all places are filled, we have the option of adding additional places if numbers allow, so make sure you complete an expression of interest form, and we will contact you if more spaces become available.

We want to get as many people involved as possible, so spread the word!  Sign up, get your friends or running club to sign up and share our social media posts!

What are we fundraising for?

This year, Sofa to Summit is raising money for our Integration Support Department (ISD), which provides long-term support for survivors of Modern Day Slavery.

Each year City Hearts supports hundreds of people rescued from exploitation, who, once they have had their immediate physical needs met, need a lot of emotional support in order to help them recover from their trauma, and move on with their lives.

City Hearts runs programmes that provide this additional long-term emotional support, and which help our clients develop the resilience and confidence they need to live their lives independently, and to avoid being re-exploited. 

We need additional funding to help us run these programmes and initiatives, which include confidence boosting day trips, activities, and meet-ups, that help our clients make friends and feel connected to their community.  

We also provide a regular phone call service to people who have left our care to make sure there remains a support network for people who may still need an additional safety net, and to let them know they’re not alone.

Here’s how your fundraising could help:

  • £50 could allow a survivor to attend five of our Health and Wellbeing trips where they can connect with their local community.
  • £100 could help a survivor gain access to counselling and mental health support.
  • £250 could fund regular phone calls to survivors who have moved on from our care in order to make sure they are safe and coping. 
  • £500 could pay for 1:1 support for a survivor with a specialist caseworker who will work with them holistically to address their emotional and practical needs for the future.

This vital work enables survivors to go on to live happy and safe lives.

What are you waiting for? Sign up today! 
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