Sofa to Summit campaign raises TEN THOUSAND POUNDS for survivors of slavery!

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this year’s Sofa to Summit campaign – whether that was through completing the challenge itself, donating, or simply by spreading the word, it meant we managed to raise over TEN THOUSAND POUNDS for survivors of Modern Slavery!

Over thirty of our staff and supporters covered the 25.5 mile virtual Yorkshire Three Peaks route over the course of a week, while eight took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in person, and spent a very hot 11 hours 55 minutes trekking through the Yorkshire Dales. We’d also like to thank supermarket chain Aldi for donating to the campaign and lending us their mascot Cuthbert the Caterpillar for the day!

Our North East team also spent a hot day walking along the Sunderland coastline, and were joined on their challenge by a former City Hearts client, MD, who spent time in one of our safehouses following a period of exploitation. He is now living independently and studying law in the hope of helping other vulnerable people.

The money we raised will go towards our Integration Support Department (ISD) which runs programmes designed to improve the long-term emotional resilience of survivors of Modern Slavery. It’s important to help people who have experienced slavery and trafficking integrate into British society properly as it makes them less vulnerable to re-exploitation, or falling into depression or addiction.

The ISD focuses on helping clients make friends and build connections with people, build healthy relationships, learn new skills, manage their money, access education and volunteering opportunities, and if eligible, find steady employment.

You can still donate to our Sofa to Summit campaign here: https://cityhearts.enthuse.com/pf/city-hearts-heroes