Brewers Colleague Hayley Pipe walked 107.5km around the Isle of Wight over the course of one weekend to raise money for the charity You Raise Me Up.

The You Raise Me Up Charity was founded by the late Jane Brooks and her husband Fraser in June 2011 following the sudden loss of their daughter Megan. The charity’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support families that have suffered the loss of an adult child between the age of 16 and 25 and to be able to provide compassion, support and simply to be able to say, “we totally understand” rather than “we cannot imagine what you are going through!”  The charity provides both financial and emotional support to families that have lost a young adult between the ages of 16-25 years and is entirely funded by charitable donations.  

Unsurprisingly the YRMU Charity has found that the support services it offers have been in more demand during the last 18 months and has extended its scope beyond Sussex and the South Coast taking referrals from around the country.

Hayley quite often raises money for charity and had planned to travel to Borneo to undertake a five-day trek through the rainforest with a group of people in aid of the charity, but sadly this has been postponed until April 2022. Despite this, Hayley still wanted to do something this summer as well as train for Borneo, so she decided to sign up to do a 106km walk around the Isle of Wight on the 10th and 11th of July with a camp stop overnight.

Hayley travelled to Cowes the day before and set up camp in the Agricultural Showground ready for the weekend ahead! The walk began at 7am Saturday morning taking Hayley along the coast past Yarmouth and onto The Needles, around past St Catherine’s Point and onto Chale where camp was set up for the night. The walk continued Sunday morning, heading around the island through Ventnor, along the coast past Bembridge, and finally past Ryde and back to Cowes via Newport. The walk ended up totalling 107.5km due to a detour, the weather was typically British with glorious sunshine one hour and heavy downpour the next, but the views and support given to a worthwhile charity made it all worth it to Hayley.

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