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►  Help for Heroes Sponsored Walk 2010

Members of The Derwentside Youth Forum decided that they would like to hold an event to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity for the returning men and women who are victims of war.  To take this forward Connexions Staff and the young people looked at the best way to bring this idea to life.  After discussion we decided they would like to do a sponsored walk and visit the Imperial War Museum in London to look at conflict and the effects of war.
On Saturday 4th September 7 young people carrying the Help for Heroes banner made their way along the five-mile Derwent Walk to raise money for this very worthwhile charity.  After completion we had sore feet and blisters but were all were pleased with our efforts and when the sponsor money is collected it is estimated that the group will have raised in the region of £250.

Moving forward on Tuesday 14th September the Derwentside Youth Forum Group went on a three day trip to London to conclude the Help for Heroes Project.

We arrived at Kings Cross station at lunchtime and made our way through the busy tube network our hotel the ‘Royal National Hotel’ in Russell Square.  After quickly unpacking we headed towards Knightsbridge and visited Harrods with all the glamour and chic attached to this famous store. We travelled to Westminster and took a flight on the London Eye for breathtaking views over London.  After a pizza we made our way back to the hotel for an early night which we were ready for.

The main purpose for out trip was the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum to look at conflict and the effects of war over the last century.  This was a very humbling experience.  The group ventured through the trenches of World War 1 and found out how it felt to take part in the blitz during World War 2.  The group also had the opportunity to learn about and tour around the holocaust exhibition; this was a very moving experience by all who visited.
We walked along the South Bank to The Tower of London and were transported back in time to how life was in the Middle Ages.  We viewed the crown jewels had our photos taken with the Beefeaters. We ended the day with a trip to see the west end theatre production of Wicked.  This told the story of the wicked witch of the west and how she was not completely wicked after all. 

On the final day we made our way to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square for some photo opportunities before collecting our luggage and returning to Kings Cross for our trip home.

In conclusion the young people from the start of this project have really embraced the concept of supporting the Armed Forces and have gained a great deal of experience around war and the sacrifices made by so many for our freedom today.  This was re-enforced by the groups’ experience in visiting the Imperial War Museum.

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Help for Heroes Sponsored Walk

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Posted 16th August 2011
By John McGagh
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