Teen Talk for June 18, 2013

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CLIVE SMITH: Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about Valentine’s Day

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This Thursday evening, I will be walking 60 miles in 24 hours.

The route is from Lymington to Emsworth and I will be hiking with three others.

The charity we are raising money for supports homeless people in Southsea and surrounding areas.

The team I will be walking with is raising money for a building which will be available as a drop-in for the homeless to visit.

The building, or The LifeHouse (as we know it), will have showers, washing machines, a training kitchen and much more.

As well as this, the centre is to be available for anyone else in the community who might need support.

As soon as The LifeHouse, just off Albert Road, Southsea is open, it will also be the venue for various workshops and recovering groups, including those for people who have addictions.

Preparation for the walk has been intense and everyone who is participating understands it will definitely be a challenge, but we’re looking forward to doing it.

As soon as the walk is over, sponsorship will continue.

A participant has said: ‘All the money raised, no matter how much or how little, is greatly appreciated.

‘Something as little as 50p can make a difference in someone’s life.’

Personally, I can’t wait for the money to go to great use and see the impact it will have on the lives of vulnerable people.

During the build-up to this walk, I have spoken and met some of the people the charity will be helping.

Those addicts and alcoholics who often are homeless are genuine, kind people.

I hope this centre will be a valuable resource in getting them back on track.

· As a young person living in Portsmouth, participating in this walk, it has really opened my eyes to understand more about the wider community and the variety of individuals that are in it.

Seeing such a fantastic opportunity to benefit so many people, I couldn’t resist doing the hike.

I now understand the support and encouragement many people need.

Together, as young people, let’s not ignore individuals who may once have been highly successful but are now at a point in their lives when they really need our support and understanding.