13 August 2018

On 6 and 7 August, young people with additional needs took part in a two day hike from Three Bridges along the route 20 and 21 cycle paths to Horley Guide Hut as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.

At the hut the young people prepared their own dinner, made sandwiches for the next day and built their own tents for the night. It was a sleepless night for some with excitement from the day and trepidation about the day ahead, not to mention the weird noises the foxes kept making. The group woke at 06:00 and made their own breakfast before tidying away the tents and walking from Horley to Redhill via Woodhatch.

In total the group walked 22km over the two days and worked extremely well together, really pulling together when it was needed.

Here are some of the comments made as part of the feedback with the assessor at the end of the walk:

“F was really good at map reading”

“L always had so much energy even when others were tired”

“B never gave up and knew where he was at all times”

We are so proud of the group for achieving the expedition component of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and are now close to completing the full award.

If you are interested in doing the Duke of Edinburgh award or helping others to achieve this please see our website for more information:

www.ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk/inclusive-activity-days/ or contact john.brunswick@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk