20 January 2011
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust helps inner-city asylum seekers get to grips with nature
Our charity partner, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, think everyone should have the chance to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside.
Money raised by our players gave a group of refugees and asylum seekers the opportunity to swap the inner-city for the great outdoors recently.
The women, who use the Solace support service in Leeds, spent the day at Lower Whinskill Farm. The trip was part of the YDMT People and the Dales project. Felt-maker Andrea Hunter showed the women how to create pictures inspired by their visit.
Solace provides free counselling and advocacy to survivors of persecution and exile. For many, it was their first opportunity to get out of the inner-city and explore the English countryside.
One of the women said: “It was great getting out of the city. The fresh air made me feel alive.”
Our players have raised over £147,258 for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to date.
That money is being used to:
Run countryside apprenticeships
Help people from towns and cities experience the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.
Fund sustainable development projects
Recruit community wardens to protect the environment
Improve quality of life for both current and future generations.