Supporters raise £4,000 for Home Start Cotswolds

Members of the Home Start team manning the registration tables at Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997370)

Walkers at the registration table before the start of the Home Start walk from Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997368)

Jean Sayer and Suzanne Fielder check their map before the Home Start walk from Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997373)

Iona Sale and Caroline Macerchan at the Home Start walk from Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997377)

Sian Salter from Quenington with Dolly at the Home Start walk from Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997379)

Walkers at the registration table before the start of the Home Start walk from Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997366)

Nan Sutcliffe and Judith Hann at the Home Start walk from Cripps Barn near Bibury (5997397)

First published in News

NEARLY 160 people stepped out for charity to help support struggling parents across the Cotswolds.

Home Start Cotswolds is dedicated to helping mums and dads get the right help and support beffore they reach crisis point.

Last Wednesday supporters gathered at Cripps Barn near Barnsley to enjoy a 12km walk and lunch.

They included local resident and supporter Anne Robinson who set the walkers off.

Organiser Kate Hicks Beach said it had raised a staggering £4,000 for the charity.

"This is the third year we have done it and it was a bit longer this year to take in the bluebell woods as well," she said. "It was a really good day and brilliant for Home Start Cotswolds which is a small charity which survives on the goodwill of others.

"The great thing about Home Start is that you are preventing things going wrong, rather than reacting when it does.

"Volunteers visit families with children under five who are struggling to integrate once a week for a few hours. It can something as simple as taking them to the supermarket, or to a toddlers group.

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