Learning Disability Week charity trek supports African enterprise

Caption: Members of the walking group get ready for their charity trek.

A dedicated group of people with learning disabilities will put their best foot forward later this month to help a community farm in Africa.

The group of more than 60 walkers, all from Leeds, will take on the 10k trek on June 17, hoping to raise cash to improve the lives of people living almost 6,000 miles away.

The walk has been organised during Learning Disability Week and will support the charity Africa’s Gift, which works to improve the lives of people in Lesotho and build relationships between different communities.

The team of adults, who use Leeds City Council’s learning disability service, have already been hard at work in the gym, training to improve their fitness ahead of the walk.

Along with their support workers, they will take the picturesque, circular route from Burnsall to Linton, which will see the group crossing meadows, getting up close with local wildlife and enjoying Linton’s waterfalls.

The walk has been organised by council support workers Cath Marchant and Mark Pollard.

Cath said: “Adults with a learning disability are often the recipients of support or charitable donations from their local community.

“We wanted to try and reverse this, and give some of the people we work with the chance to show their support for another community.”

Funds raised by the group will be used to buy specialist tunnels for villagers to farm and grow vegetables which they can then sell at local markets.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:

“We often hear about the wonderful support that adults with learning disabilities receive from people in their local communities.

“But this is an inspiring example of the contribution a group of big-hearted and determined people with learning disabilities are making to someone else’s community, going the extra mile for a really good cause.”

Learning Disability Week takes place from June 16-20 and is a week of national campaigning aimed at raising awareness of learning disabilities.

To find out about activities in Leeds, www.through-the-maze.org.uk

To sponsor the team, visit www.charitycheckout.co.uk/1149830/farm and write ‘LD sponsored walk’ when donating.


For more details, please contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk