The walk made up part of out 20 for 20 celebrations and members of the team could choose to walk 5, 10, 15 or 21 miles.
Starting at 7 am, our enthusiastic team members started their journey from Haverhill and made their way cross country back to our office in Bury St Edmunds.
For those choosing to complete the shorter sections of the walk, a vehicle was on standby to collect them and provide participants with a rest stop and refreshments.
Matt Price, Assistant Director of People and Organisational Development, explains;
“I felt a sense of pride doing this walk knowing we were supporting two great charities. Sharing that sense of pride with colleagues as we finished the walk was priceless.
Charity walks generally help spark people’s curiosity about a cause, in this case, Gatehouse & Reach, and it really does help to raise awareness.
I hope, through doing this walk, we can inspire others to challenge themselves and raise money for local causes.”
Well done to everyone who got involved.
More about the charities we have chosen to support
REACH Community Projects
REACH believe that everyone deserves to live their lives to the full. However, financial crisis, hardship and poverty-related issues have a devastating effect on individual and family life.
Debt, low income, and homelessness can lead to mental health problems, relationship breakdown, low aspiration, marginalisation, poor health and low self-esteem.
Their purpose is to journey with people, however long it takes, providing practical help, advice, and support. They aim to tackle and prevent these issues while maintaining dignity, reviving hope, and enabling people to live life to the full.
You can find out more and donate to REACH on their website.
Originally, Gatehouse focused on supporting young, isolated mothers on a deprived estate in Mildenhall and a day centre for the elderly. In addition, support was also offered for the lonely and housebound in Bury St Edmunds. Gatehouse also supplied hampers for those in need and a Christmas lunch for the vulnerable.
The first premises were at the ‘Gatehouse building’ in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, giving the charity the name.
Although it is not a religious organisation Gatehouse works with local churches, businesses, and others to continue to serve the vulnerable and those in need at a time when charitable giving has declined and public sector support for its work is being reduced.
You can find out more and donate to Gatehouse on their website.