9-Year-Old, Urban Adamson, relished the challenge against tough weather conditions as he hiked Jocks Road in Scotland to fundraise for SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services to support children living in refuge.
Urban took on the 20km long highland pass, which goes through Cairngorms National Park, with his dad, uncle and his beloved dog, Mabel the Bedlington.
On Saturday 2nd April, Urban started the monumental hike at Glen Doll and climbed to 3050ft to cross over the Mount plateau before descending into Glen Callater. The challenge began at 7:45 in the morning at a temperature of -2. As Urban and his team walked over the top, they were confronted with temperatures of -10.
The team persevered and rejoiced in the harsh weather conditions, enduring rain for the last 5km of the walk. Urban and his team completed the walk at 3:35pm after nearly 8 hours of walking.
Urban trained for the hike by going on walks near his home at the weekend and walking home from school during the week. So far, Urban has raised an impressive £2,386, along with £401.75 in gift aid.
SafeNet has been providing specialist support to survivors of domestic abuse across the North West for more than 40 years. This includes providing a wide variety of services, including safe accommodation for men, women, and children.
Urban said: “I wanted to help children living in refuge. When they come to stay at the refuge, they don’t have any toys and have to leave their friends and pets. I would be really upset if it had to leave my friends, PS4 and my dog, Mabel, so I wanted to help.”
Urban added: “The best bit of the walk was going through the forest and deep snow. We also saw birds of prey. Mabel loved the walk.”
Sarah, Jane’s Place Recovery Refuge Service Manager said: “Thank you Urban for your wonderful hike for SafeNet and congratulations on your amazing achievement. The money you have raised will help children feel safer and happier whilst living in refuge.”
You can donate here: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/urbanjocksroad2022 and find out more about the work SafeNet services do here: https://safenet.org.uk/our-services/