Fundraising with FOCUS4HOPE

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The Campaign

On the stroke of midnight as we enter the 12th April 2021, I will commence an unsupported 1,040 mile fundraising campaign, originally planned for the arctic but now in the UK, to raise funds for a charity close to my heart, Focus4Hope.

Focus4Hope is a charity that provides support for the elderly, homeless, isolated, and otherwise vulnerable in West Yorkshire, including women escaping from violence. The group, which began as a community-based nonprofit started by friends, was founded in 2016 and is now a respected pillar of the charitable community.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 71,387 domestic abuse-related incidents reported to West Yorkshire Police in 2018/19.
I honestly can’t imagine how vulnerable the victims must feel.
That equates to a stunning one every 7.4 minutes.

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Something else close to my heart, is the work they do to bring resources to those who need them most by hosting outreach events in the West Yorkshire area on a regular basis. During fortnightly events in Leeds, they feed up to 100 homeless individuals and provide parcels full of essential hygiene items and food.

I want to drive the reasons around people being proactive with life and wealth coaching to
mitigate/reduce the need to call upon charities and
maintain their desired life.

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Focus4Hope regularly put-on events to foster connection and community between people they work with in vulnerable areas. Focus4Hope’s events are aimed at not only providing much-needed physical resources, but a source of connection to fight loneliness and isolation, which is an issue close to their hearts.

A central player in the creation of the Leeds Homelessness Charter, solidifying a unified mission for a group of homelessness organisations in the greater West Yorkshire area. This resulted in a more organised effort to combat homelessness, whilst bolstering cooperation and coordination between many non-profit, faith, public and private sector organisations with similar goals.

The organisation now desperately needs funds to pay for a support worker who can work with the people they help. The cost of a support worker for one year is £10,400, which I hope to raise.

As soon as it is legally allowed by government guidelines (with a provisional date sometime in March), I will walk pulling my pulk on wheels and complete 1,040 miles with the hope to raise much needed funds.

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In 2022 I will repeat the distance in Alaska and the Yukon, but for now, my adventure will remain local held in the Peak District once local lockdown restrictions are relaxed, and I will cover a distance of 1040 miles pulling a sled with all my own supplies and staying outside until the distance is complete.

If I receive total sponsorship of £10 per mile, we can reach our goal and fund this much needed support worker for Focus4Hope.

If you want to show your support in other ways, please visit our shop page where a percentage of all proceeds will go to this worthwhile cause.

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Please consider donating any way you can to help such a valuable cause in West Yorkshire.

Walking With My Bear is proud to support FOCUS4HOPE and the amazing community work they provide

One of the many reasons I chose to support Focus4Hope

When I spoke with Louise, the Founder of Focus4Hope, Louise spoke about how they needed £10,400 for a support worker due to the reactive work they provide.

So why is covering 1,040 miles important?

Based on my experience, when proactively working with private clients, an average person's planning for their life journey to retirement is age 40 to age 60.

52 weeks in a year times 20 years equals 1,040. For every mile I walk this will equate to 1 mile for every week over the next 20 years.

If a person is supported with their mindset and wealth coaching, they have a fighting chance to live an amazing life. Many people get to retirement and don’t have enough money. This can lead to homelessness, loneliness, stress, anxiety, illness, behavioral issues and much more, which puts more pressure on the system and charities like Focus4Hope.

Focus4Hope require much needed funds of £10,400 for a support worker.

The route I will walk is approximately 10 miles per lap. I will walk 104 laps pulling my own supplies and equipment and will stay outside until it’s achieved!
104 laps x 10 miles = 1,040 miles. When I divided £10,400 by 10 this equates to 1,040. So when I looked at the figures, it all made sense.

This is why I will walk 1,040 miles, because if I multiply it by £10 per person donating, if I can get 1,040 people donating £10, or 10,400 people donating £1, I truly believe we can help Focus4Hope.

The countdown has begun to my 1,040 fundraising adventure





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