Hiking the Hebridean Way.....in Edinburgh!

I should have been travelling to the Hebrides this month. However, Scotland is still in a partial lockdown and tourism won't be starting up again until July or August on the mainland. And, who knows when it will be safe for Hebridean residents to receive guests?

So, I've decided to walk the Hebridean Way, except I'll be doing it in and around Edinburgh! And for charity. I'm going to walk the 156 miles to raise money for the Child Poverty Action Group.

CPAG works on behalf of the more than one in four children in the UK growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We work to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children’s lives, and how it can be prevented and solved – for good. 

Poverty is not inevitable. It is caused by low wages, inadequate benefits, expensive housing and childcare, and a lack of decently-paid jobs. Drawing on our 50 years of experience and expertise, we devise and promote solutions we know will lift children and families out of poverty. 

Our vision is of a society free of child poverty, where all children can enjoy a childhood free of financial hardship and have a fair chance in life to reach their full potential.

We are the strong and trusted voice on child poverty. We collect evidence from families living in poverty, and push forward achievable and long-term solutions to this devastating situation. Any family can fall on hard times and find it difficult to make ends meet. Families need support during these times to ensure all children get the best start in life. We support families across the country by giving frontline workers practical help with the social security system so families can stay afloat. 

Sometimes families experience injustice. We take legal action to challenge unjust decisions so that families get support from our social security system in times of need.

I’m going to walk one of the twelve sections every Sunday, starting on the southern most island, Vatersay and finishing on the isle of Lewis in Stornoway. Except I'll be actually walking along similar length hikes around Edinburgh, with a similar theme!

I'll be posting updates on Sundays via Instagram live and Twitter, with a summary of the day on Facebook too.  I'll also upload the details of my walk, such as its route through Strava. 

If you'd like to donate, please visit my JustGiving charity page. Thank you.

Sarah x



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