Members of a Huddersfield walking group are all set to face the elements thanks to a local business.

The walking group at the Castle Hill Unit, which is run by the South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust, are saying a big thank you to Craghoppers, an outdoor wear supplier, for their kind donation of four fleece jackets.

The walking group is a popular therapeutic activity amongst the clients, with members regularly embarking on walks around the local area and Huddersfield countryside. Unfortunately, a lot of the equipment that is currently used, such as boots, clothing and rucksacks, is several years old and needs to be replaced, which is why Paul Shields, technical instructor in occupational therapy, who helps run the group, decided to appeal to local businesses for help.

Paul said, ‘The group at The Castle Hill Unit has been running for the past two years. As well as offering clients the opportunity to escape the humdrum of ward life, it encourages vital skills such as teamwork and leadership and boosts self-confidence and self-esteem. It is also a great form of exercise.

‘Many of the participants can’t afford to buy their own equipment and unfortunately we don’t have the budget to update the equipment that we already have, I therefore decided to write to local businesses to see if they could help us out by donating anything that they could spare.

‘We are extremely grateful to Craghoppers for their kind donation, the jackets will ensure that the members are wrapped up against the winter weather.

‘We are still looking for further equipment and would be grateful for anything that we receive.’


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