Charity takes on coast to coast challenge for people with learning disabilities


A ten-strong team at national charity, Hft, is hoping to raise £10,000 for people with learning disabilities.

The group, who will hike from Saltburn by the Sea to Filey Beach over two days, is headed up by Area Manager Ryan Trueman, who has worked at the charity for four years.

The 36 year old was inspired to organise the fundraising challenge in the hope of raising enough money to build a ‘Smart Hub’ for people supported by Hft in Bradford.

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The new space will encompass a range of technologies, and aims to build create an immersive environment and build technical skills for people with learning disabilities to engage with.

Ryan said: “I’m really excited to be taking on this challenge, which will see us exploring North Yorkshire to raise money for a project close to all of our hearts. We’re all busy training at the moment to ensure we’re in great shape for July and prepared for any challenges the trek throws at us, whether that’s difficult weather conditions or steep climbs!

“The last year has demonstrated to all of us the importance of technology, and how critical it is to keeping people connected with their loved ones. We’re hoping that the Smart Hub will boost the digital skills of people we support, helping us get one step closer to bridging a digital divide often felt by people with learning disabilities. The people we support will be inspiring us every step of the way, and we’re so excited to see them enjoying the Smart Hub in the not too distant future.”

Emma Macdonald, Sports and Challenge Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see Ryan and his amazing team taking on this epic challenge. As well as providing critical support to people with learning disabilities over the course of a really difficult year, the team are now going above and beyond to raise funds for a project that is set to provide vital resources to people we support, allowing them to develop new skills and enjoy a stimulating new environment. We’re wishing the team all the luck in the world.”

To donate to the challenge, visit the team’s fundraising page at:

The team are now aiming to complete the challenge in September after one of it members unfortunately suffered an unrelated injury.

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