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Pupils complete 43-mile trek in support of the plight of Ukrainian refugees
18th April 2022
Two HSD pupils have completed a mammoth 43 mile walk in just three days in support of the plight of Ukrainian refugees.
Ash and Lucy, both F2, have raised an amazing £670 for the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal by using part of their school holidays to trek the Fife Coastal Path from Buckhaven to Leuchars.
The determined pair were inspired into action by a news report on Ukrainians walking for 43 miles on a 20-hour journey to Poland flee the Russian invasion, and they were supported on various legs of their fundraising trek by fellow HSD pupils Mark (F2) and younger siblings Emily and Tom (both L7).
Ash said, “I couldn’t imagine children and adults having to leave their lives behind to travel such a distance through no fault of their own, and I decided I had to help.”
“I didn’t want to just stand there and watch,” added Lucy. “I wanted to actually do something.”
So they set themselves a target of £430, and urged their friends and families to support them.
Both are trainee cadets in the School’s CCF, but neither had ever done anything like this before. By the time they reached Leuchars on the final evening, they were tired and exhausted (and had acquired six blisters).
Lucy said, “It was much harder than I expected. I couldn’t imagine having to do this without being able to get a proper sleep in my own bed each night before starting out again.” Ash added, “Our walk was long and painful, but it could never compare to what thousands of refugees have to go through.”
Ash and Lucy’s JustGiving page can be found at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/miles-for-ukraine
Well done Ash and Lucy!