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VIRTUAL JOURNEY: Berkhamsted’s St John Ambulance Youth Unit walk thousands of miles for emergency funds

 Published on: 9th June 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Berkhamsted’s St John Ambulance Youth Unit walked more than 2,000 miles last month to raise vital funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.

All of the group’s 14 Badgers, who are aged seven to 11, along with the majority of Cadets, aged 11 to 17, took part in the epic virtual journey alongside many of their parents, which was initially a walk of 1,758 miles from Berkhamsted to Rhodes.

However, the group was so inspired that they walked an extra few hundred miles to reach 2,100.

The Youth Unit has raised more than £700 and the donation page is still open – they are hoping to get to the £1,000 mark.

Sam Weller, unit manager, said: “I’m amazingly proud of the kids and parents – I never thought we’d reach the number of miles that we did. 

“Nearly everyone took part and did plenty of miles.  The Badgers alone did 500 miles and one of the cadet managed to do 260 by herself – it really was a team effort.

“It was good for both the physical and mental health of the group, and considering we’re not going to be able to meet again in person until September, it helped bring us together. We do have virtual meetings weekly, but this kept us all in touch more regularly over the month.”

The unit’s fundraising page is still open for donations. Go to

Pictured: Pictured Samantha Downham – Unit Badger Lead and Charlotte Downham – west Anglia badger of the year Berko unit

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