Charity trek to help community farm in Africa

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DOZENS of people with learning difficulties from Leeds will put their best foot forward later this month to help a community farm in Africa.

The group of more than 60 will tackle a 10k trek in the Yorkshire Dales on June 17 in a bid to raise cash to improve the lives of people living almost 6,000 miles away.

The walk – which has been organised during Learning Disability Week – will support the charity Africa’s Gift, which works to improve the lives of people in Lesotho and build relationships between different communities.

The team of adults, who use Leeds City Council’s learning disability service, have already been hard at work in the gym, training to improve their fitness ahead of the walk.

The walk has been organised by council support workers Cath Marchant and Mark Pollard.

Cath Marchant said: “Adults with a learning disability are often the recipients of support or charitable donations from their local community. We wanted to try and reverse this, and give some of the people we work with the chance to show their support for another community.

Funds raised by the group will be used to buy specialist tunnels for the village to farm and grow vegetables which they can sell at local markets.

To sponsor the team, visit and write ‘LD sponsored walk’ when donating.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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