News Update: Team of Walkers Hike Castle Hill to Raise Awareness for YCC

On Sunday 17th July, a group of 27 walkers (and three dogs) took to the streets of Huddersfield for a 2.5 mile hike from Brian Jackson House, up to the top of Castle Hill (and back down again!).

All ready to go – the team met at Brian Jackson House and walked through the centre of Huddersfield, and up Newsome Road.

The group was made up of Fresh Futures staff, volunteers and members of the community. It was an excellent turn out and we certainly turned some heads as we marched up to the top the hill sporting our bright yellow Fresh Futures t-shirts.

The objective of the walk was to raise the charity’s profile. We spoke to several members of the public as we completed the walk, to spread the message that Fresh Futures seeks to Improve Lives and Inspire Change through our four core values: Employability, Education, Health and Wellbeing and Healthy Relationships!

The walkers passed thousands of cars and members of the public whilst sporting bright yellow Fresh Futures t-shirts!

As well as raising our profile yesterday, many of the walkers were sponsored to complete the challenge. Thanks to these individuals, we have also so far raised over £600 for the charity which will be fundamental in helping Fresh Futures reach even more children, young people, and their families to offer life-changing support where it is needed most.

What’s more, the charity was lucky enough to be joined by Fresh Futures royalty! Amongst the walkers was Lucy Jackson – the daughter of YCC’s founder, Brian Jackson – and two of her children! Lucy told Fresh Futures

“It was a real pleasure to join staff, volunteers and friends of Yorkshire Children’s Centre on Sunday for the sponsored walk up Castle Hill, with two of my own children (now adults!). It was great to see my dad’s legacy still alive in his home town – he always believed that every child is exceptional  , that every child has the right to play, be looked after, be safe and protected from violence, to learn and be loved – all beliefs that I still see in the work of Fresh Futures today, 39 years after his death (running in Huddersfield to raise funds for the centre). Thank you all again for all your passion and commitment”

Lucy Jackson – daughter of the charity’s founder Brian Jackson – and two of her children joined in with the walk on Sunday.

On behalf of the Fresh Futures charity – a HUGE thank you to all of those who participated in the walk and who sponsored the event. This includes everyone who reached out to us on our Just Giving page and left donations and messages of support, all of the friends and family who donated on sponsorship forms, the members of public who cheered us on with car beeps and words of encouragement, and to AG BARR who provided us with plenty of refreshments to keep us going throughout the day!

Samantha Latchayya who led the group on the day said that “The walk was a huge success. It’s completely thanks to the group of amazing individuals who could have chosen to do anything on that hot Sunday morning, but chose to spend it supporting Fresh Futures – which was incredibly heart-warming!”

If you would like join in with any of YCC’s upcoming events, please feel free to check out our volunteer page on the website or you can also contact [email protected] (Volunteering Development Officer) directly.


Finally at the top! The group posed for a photo and enjoyed some refreshments before heading back down again.

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To find out more about the ways you can support Fresh Futures please contact Head of Income and Partnerships Sara Eltman [email protected]