Simon Coates

Simon Coates

2000 miles in 8 months


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My name is Simon Coates, and between 1st March 2021 and 31st October 2021 I will be undertaking the challenge to hike 2000 miles in aid of 16 charities whose work is close to my heart. I am aiming to raise at least £1000 for each of the charities I am supporting, and these funds will make a real difference in enabling the charities to continue their work and survive the extremely challenging times we find ourselves in.[/p][p]You can find out more about the challenge and keep track of how I am getting on on my website ([url=][/url]), by joining the challenge Facebook group ([url=][/url]) or by following me on Twitter ([url=][/url]).[/p][p][b]Wildside Activity Centre[/b][/p][p]Wildside Activity Centre is a small charity in a highly deprived neighbourhood of Wolverhampton which offers environmental activities, outdoor pursuits and narrowboat trips. Its aim is to get users outdoors and back in touch with nature. All ages, all abilities – they reconnect people with nature. Staff and volunteers work as a team with a clear picture of this mission. They are very welcoming, enthusiastic, inclusive and knowledgeable about wildlife. At the end of March 2020, the Centre had 46 volunteers in different capacities.[/p][p]Users include children, families, schools, community groups, older people, people with disabilities, mental health issues and other additional needs, and the unemployed. In 2019/20, the Centre recorded 8002 attendances with the largest numbers of groups coming from deprived estates in the inner ring of the city. Wildside is proud of its inclusive approach and users with disabilities, mental health issues and long-term health needs make up a high proportion of its usage.[/p][p]Wildside promotes awareness of wildlife and care for the environment. There are very few opportunities in Wolverhampton for this sort of education and a general lack of green spaces. It definitely meets a need by maintaining a small centre on the canal corridor with access to the local nature reserve.[/p][p]This has a tremendous knock on effect in people’s lives. The boat trips and the environmental activities include people of all ages and abilities, making a bridge so those who are fearful or lack any knowledge of wildlife can still enjoy the outdoors. Feedback shows that the majority of users make new friends, feet more confident and less stressed, and learn more about wildlife. One boy with autism came on a boat trip; he did not normally speak at all. He made friends with another lad on the boat and they played computer games together. By the end of the trip, they were chatting easily together. The two families have kept in touch since. For us, that’s what it’s all about.[/p][p]You can donate to this campaign in aid of Wildside Activity Centre between 25th February 2021 and 31st January 2022, and anything you can donate will give invaluable support to allow the charity to continue their work.[/p][p]If you would prefer to send a cheque to the charity, you can write to them at the following address - please do include a cover note telling them your donation is as a result of my hiking challenge:[/p][p][b]Wildside Activity Centre, Hordern Road, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0HA[/b][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

31 Oct 2021


Feb 24, 2021


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