Hadrian’s Wall may well be a long way from New Delhi, but a Chatburn man aims to walk its full length of 84 miles to benefit some of India’s poorest people.
Stevie Simkin (40) will be part of an international team of five hikers who will walk the historic route across Britain over a four day period to raise funds for a new charity “Blankets for India”.
Stevie was inspired to take on the challenge after meeting up with friends from India on a previous charity walk on the island of Guernsey. After hearing about the problems faced by the country’s homeless community in the winter, he decided to help make a difference. He hopes to use the money raised to buy and distribute as many blankets as possible in the months following on from the walk.
Stevie said: “There is very little help for homeless people in India and it is especially bad for them in the winter. The weather gets surprisingly cold and one blanket could be the difference between life and death.
“Two guys from India are joining me on the walk who have already been helping to give out blankets in Delhi. I’m hoping to raise enough money to increase the scale of what they do.”
The team will begin their journey on June 21st in Wallsend on the east coast of England, finishing four days later in Bowness-on-Solway. They will then travel to India to begin distributing the blankets.
A single donation of only £3 is enough to buy a blanket, along with a label to show who provided it.
l To support the charity, please visit www.blanketsforindia.com and click ‘donate’.