Families walk distance between Sheffield and Greek refugee camp for charity

Written by Safi Bugel

A team of teachers, students, families and their dogs are walking the distance between Sheffield and a Greek refugee camp for charity.

The 2,214-mile challenge has been launched by Hope English School, a registered organisation providing language and digital skills training for asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants.

As well as raising money for classroom supplies such as laptops and books, the effort aims to increase awareness of those in Moira Refugee camp in Lesbos and further afield, said fundraising assistant Eleanor Milne.

Eleanor said: “We wanted to highlight the journey that a lot of refugees and vulnerable migrants have to undertake in order to find safety. We wanted to stand in solidarity with those people.”

Having started on Monday, the walkers have already covered 316 miles and they are hoping to raise £1 in sponsorship for every mile walked.

A sense of community is central to the campaign, according to Eleanor, who has previously organised tea parties and cultural events with the school. 

“We’re trying to bring together our volunteers, participants and students from our classes. If you want to meet like-minded people who care about the same causes, you should get involved,”” she said.

The next walk is set to take place on 29 May.

For more information on how to get involved, visit: https://www.hopeenglishschool.org

Written by Safi Bugel

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