On Now : David Allen
BBC Radio Berkshire
Anne Diamond

Good luck to two young men who are setting off on a 1200 mile walk - from Land's End to John O'Groats - for charity. When I asked why, they countered 'why not? What else are we going to do over the holidays?' They're David Samson, from Sandhurst, and Robbie Brough from Oxford, and they're setting off tomorrow. The walk is in aid of a charity called Emmaus. Although Emmaus is a large multinational charity each community aims to be self sufficient so is registered as a local charity. What they do is take in around 25 homeless people at one time and provide them with a bed, food and most importantly a support group. They work at the charity-owned business (flogging second hand furniture), which teaches them basic working skills and gives them a network from which to expand from. After a while they gain confidence and most move on within 2 years or so into flats or even houses where they are able to get jobs outside Emmaus.

Together the boys are aiming to raise £25,000. Good luck to them. If you want to follow their walk, they're on Twitter or on facebook.


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