This morning 60-odd Metro.co.uk readers and celebrities embarked on a gruelling 26-mile trek to help raise vital funds for grassroots charity, The Hygiene Bank.
Adhering to strict social distancing guidelines, after setting off at 6.30am, the intrepid fundraisers, which included Vicky Pattison, Meg Mathews and Charlie Webster, will spend around 10 hours conquering London’s ’10 Peaks’, as the venture across the north of the city.
Speaking before the event, Vicky Pattison said: ‘Although I’m a little scared after spending the last three months on the sofa watching Tiger King and eating banana bread – I am very excited to be doing my bit for people who need it the most.’
The trek is part of our new fundraising campaign, Metro.co.uk Lifeline, which so far has raised more than £38,000 for the charity – but is expected to hit nearly £40,000 as the donations roll in throughout the day.
The Hygiene Bank was first set up two years ago by Lizzy Hall and distributes donated products such as soap, nappies and shampoos, to those affected by hygiene poverty.
‘Experiencing poverty can happen to any one of us – bereavement, the breakdown of relationships, illness, a failed Car MOT, a new baby… Or, as we have seen, with Covid-19,’ she said in a launch piece for our campaign earlier this year.
‘Just one event is sometimes all it takes to push people into financial circumstances that are hard to escape. Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 in the UK lived in poverty as a result of low-paid, unstable jobs and rising living costs. That number went up to 1 in 4 in London.’
Also doing the trek, which takes place during National Hygiene Week, is Meg Matthews, who became an ambassador for the charity last year.
‘It will be worth every step,’ she said. ‘We already know how important walking and getting out into nature is for mental health. More than that, we’ll be raising money and awareness for a charity that completely changes lives.’
Fellow trekker Charlie Webster added: ‘How can someone fulfil their potential and feel worthy when they’re being prevented to do the basics in life, like keep clean.
‘So many children in the UK go to school unwashed – this impacts on their self-esteem and how they see themselves, and can also lead to bullying. It’s more important than ever that we support grassroots projects like the Hygiene Bank that are directly in communities.’
If you would like to make a donation, you can find our JustGiving page here.
This year sees the launch of our exciting new charity campaign: Metro.co.uk Lifeline. Our aim is simple – to raise as much money as possible for charity with YOUR help.
For 2020 we have chosen to support The Hygiene Bank, a vital charity that helps distribute hygiene products for those most in need.
As well as sharing their story to help raise awareness, readers and celebrities will also be doing a 26-mile fundraising hike across London’s ’10 Peaks’ on Saturday 19 September, 2020.
To make a donation, click here.