Catherine Blaikie, a local lady who works as a business advisor and mentor for The Prince’s Trust in West Sussex, raced across Central America in September last year to raise over £3,800 for disadvantaged young adults.
The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity offering 14 to 30-year-olds opportunities to develop confidence, learn new skills, get into work and start businesses:
Last year The Prince’s Trust supported more than 40,000 disadvantaged young people. More than 26,000 of these had not been helped before and almost 14,000 were existing clients.
More than three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, training or education.
Just £3 a month can help turn around a young life
The Princes Trust Adventure Challenge saw team’s race across Costa Rica covering 270 kilometres, hiking in the heart of the rain forest, kayaking and rafting down Pacuare River on grade 2 to 4 rapids, and mountain biking through extremely difficult terrain in searing temperatures, camping in remote jungle locations.
Ms Blaikie said: “They were extremely difficult conditions which pushed me mentally and physically.
“My motivation was to inspire young people that you can achieve anything you put your mind to with the right mind set, focus and determination.”
Catherine will be holding a charity bag packing event in partnership with Sainsbury in Horsham on Saturday January 26 from 10am to 5pm to raise vital funds for The Princes Trust. She would like to especially extend her appreciation and gratitude to Vicki Truscott and her mother for all their support to date.