Staff and volunteers at lifeline youth charity Xtrax were celebrating this week after news that staff from global publishing firm Wolters Kluwer has raised nearly £700 for them through a sponsored walk.
The charity – which helps tackle poverty among young and disadvantaged people – had no idea the publishing firm were doing the walk until the last minute. “We were blown away,” said Chairman Alastair Fairley. “One of their team contacted us and said they’d chosen Xtrax as their charity of the year”.
The publishing team set their sights on the blistering cliff-top walk of the Seven Sisters to raise the funds, as team leader Katie Chapman explains: “We were happy and proud (and sweaty and blistered!) to complete the Seven Sisters walk for Xtrax.”
“We agreed on Xtrax because despite rising levels of child poverty in Hastings and the surrounding area, government support for young people has dropped substantially in recent years, making the comprehensive range of support and services provided by Xtrax even more of a vital lifeline for young people in the local area,” she added.
Based in the Creative Media Centre in Hastings, the team is part of the global Wolters Kluwer firm and works on a series of international tax and accounting publications and websites. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a local focus.
“In 2014, we raised money for the Parchment Trust in memory of a colleague, and again in 2015, we walked on behalf of St Michael’s Hospice. Having been bitten by the walking bug we wanted to continue the tradition of raising money for a local cause this year,” says Katie.
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