Despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic, our local community have been working harder than ever to support young people facing homelessness. At Step by Step, we have been humbled by the support of the community and their passion for helping young people facing more challenges than most.
Community groups that would normally meet in person have instead met online and their fundraising events have gone digital. Here are just a few examples of the groups and members of the community who have supported Step by Step during the pandemic.
Farnham Brass Band were able to get out and play in between restrictions, raising £280. The committee then decided to donate a further £280 as they were aware that our work with young people did not stop during covid.
The residents of Gracewell care home in Church Crookham did a virtual cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. They took it in turns to use the exercise bike they had rigged up to a computer screen, completing the 1,000-mile journey despite their advanced years and raising a fantastic £675.
Karwan Masonic Lodge kindly donated £700. They wanted to raise more but could not fundraise due to restrictions, so instead requested that another Lodge match their donation with a further £700.
Intrepid 86-year-old Leslie Clarke walked 30 miles around Normandy Village. The 10-hour feat has raised £3,495 so far, with donations from his supporters still coming in.
Hart Rotary Club recognised the importance of personal development for young people, especially during a time when they face more challenges than ever. The club donated an incredible £1,520 for life skills training sessions.
“The pandemic has been very challenging for everyone,” says Jane Gould, Step by Step Community Fundraiser. “But to receive so many positive messages from our supporters and know that they are still there for us despite everything is truly humbling. They have kept our spirits up and helped us to continue pushing forward and I cannot thank them enough for that.”
It’s not just the financial support that means so much to us, but the community spirit that despite lockdown is stronger than ever.
“We were all young once. It’s not fair that we don’t all get the best start in life, but it’s great that Step by Step are there to help.”
Resident of Gracewell Care Home
“I decided I should do something for those less fortunate than me.”