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Chance to help kids living in poverty in Aylesbury Vale

Chance to help kids living in poverty in Aylesbury Vale

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 27th December 2019.

With around a quarter of children in Aylesbury Vale living in poverty, we are being asked to help give them a break.

The Youth Hostel Association are trying to send 900 young people from across the country on an adventure.

The charity, which has a network of youth hostels in England and Wales, wants to raise enough money through its Project90 campaign to give a total of 900 young people a life enriching residential adventure; 90 of those young people will be from counties throughout the South East.

Recent statistics show that there has never been a greater need to support vulnerable young people. 

TUC analysis has shown that the number of children living below the breadline - despite being in a working family - has increased by 38% since the decade began. In the South East, 340,996 children were living in poverty in 2018, 37% more than in 2010. 

According to the End Child Poverty Coalition, in 2017/18 more than 47,000 children were living in poverty after housing costs in Buckinghamshire, specifically:

  • Aylesbury 25%
  • Beaconsfield 20%
  • Buckingham 21%
  • Chesham and Amersham 20%
  • Milton Keynes North 32%
  • Milton Keynes South 32%
  • Wycombe 32%

While YHA cannot change poverty, the youth charity wants to ensure that children who need them the most do not miss out on life-shaping experiences.

This Christmas, YHA wants to raise enough money to the South East's most vulnerable young people on a two-night adventure-packed holiday, including transport and all meals, to one of its youth hostels. 

Project90 is YHA's most ambitious campaign in the charity's history.

Since its formation 90 years ago in the throes of The Great Depression, YHA has given thousands of young people across the country the chance to experience the transformative effects of travel and adventure. But there are still children who are missing out. Whether they are suffering with illness, are a carer for a parent, or simply can't afford it - some have never seen the sea, mountains or animals in the wild.

Donations will enable children at who need it the most to have an unforgettable adventure, filled with activities like archery, bushcraft, canoeing and kayaking, climbing and archery at YHA New Forest.

An overnight adventure break at a youth hostel like YHA New Forest will provide young people with much needed respite from their challenging lives.

Stephanie Henson, Manager of the New Forest youth hostel, explained:

"We know that getting out of your comfort zone, being physically active and being outdoors all have hugely positive effects on physical and mental wellbeing which is exactly what young people living challenging lives need.

"Having experiences like YHA provides shape and develop us, and it's very important to us that nobody is left behind. Your generosity will help shape young people in your area."

Research has shown that staying in a youth hostel can be transformative with people reporting increased physical activity, improved family relationships, greater life satisfaction, reduced isolation and greater appreciation for the environment. The charity wants to bring these benefits to more young people in the area.

Project90 marks the charity's 90th anniversary which it celebrates in 2020. It aims to reach a total of 900 young people across the 10 regions of England and Wales, but it can only do so through donations from generous members of the public.

Stephanie added:

"Project90 will allow us to reach those young people in our area who are most in need, but we can only achieve our ambition if people donate."

To give the gift of adventure this Christmas to young people in need in your area, donate today at yha.org.uk/donate

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