Local architects and urban designers, LHC, undertook a tough cross-Dartmoor fundraising challenge in support of Devon charity Routeways.
On September 8th the 30-strong team from LHC hiked 17 mile across the highest, most remote areas of the moor, navigating in pouring rain and mist, and then abseiled into Foggintor Quarry. The next day most of the team completed their traverse of the moor by mountain bike while some pulled on their soggy boots and walked the rest of the way. The final challenge was gorge walking up the River Plym.
At the finish line at Dewarstone the tired team was be met by the young people and staff of Routeways’ Dartmoor Adventure Breaks for a celebratory picnic. LHC were aiming to raise £3000 for the charity’s new kit appeal, and have just beaten their target.
Routeways has been operating in Plymouth and surrounding area for over 20 years and delivers a wide range of targeted services for children and families who are at risk of social exclusion in the city, helping them to overcome disadvantage – including the popular Dartmoor Adventure Activity Breaks.
Trained staff take young people with special educational needs and disabilities on challenging activities such as moor walking, wild cooking, canoeing, gorge walking, rock scrambling and den building. The sessions are about developing the essential social skills that most of us take for granted, but most importantly the children get to have fun, increase in confidence and make friends.
With the money raised by LHC, Routeways will replace outdoor kit such as wetsuits, helmets and canoes which are nearing the end of their life. They will also invest in new equipment to extend the range of activities to include archery, kayaking and paddle boarding. Young people are referred to the service, but there is always a waiting list and the charity is hoping to expand the service to include more young people.
Graham Devine, Director at LHC said,
“There is a huge attraction in helping adventurous young people take part in daring, fun activities that perhaps they wouldn’t normally experience. Once again we devised an interesting and tough challenge which is took us a world away from our comfortable studio.”
Mark Collings, Chief Executive, Routeways commented,
“The use of adventure activities as a tool to help development of children with additional needs has proved hugely successful. As a small charity it is always a challenge finding the funds to keep on top of replacing and buying new kit. The generosity of everyone at LHC is overwhelming, we feel so lucky that all of you were prepared to give up so much time and effort to raise funds for us”