Walkers take on Hadrian’s Wall in memory of their friend

Stephen & Angela Sabey from Saffron Walden along with their friends Lesley & Brian Moss from Northwich in Cheshire will be putting their best foot forward in memory of a close friend to raise hundreds of pounds for Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

The two couples will be trekking 86 miles over six days as they walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall this summer in memory of their close friend Quentin Dawe.

The team begin their challenge on the 22nd of July with the aim of raising £500 for charity. All the money raised will go towards the development of a sensory garden at Hft’s learning disability service in Bishop’s Stortford, where Quentin’s daughter is currently supported.

The service supports over 80 people across the region, offering person-centred services that include residential care, supported employment and supported living at home – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.

Quentin was a dedicated and generous supporter of the service, having raised more than £32,000 over the last decade. He undertook a wide range of events, including the Ride London cycling challenge with Angela, for which they raised over £3,700.

Stephen said: “Our lovely friend Quentin would have loved this trek along Hadrian’s Wall – he adored walking, camping and being in the countryside – so this will be a fitting tribute to him. The trek will be a challenge but should be fun, weather permitting! It promises to be a fantastic experience and it’s an honour to support Hft in Quentin’s name.”

Charlotte Rue, Hft’s Sporting and Challenge Events Manager, said: “We are thrilled that Quentin’s friends are taking on Hadrian’s Wall in his memory to raise money for Hft. It’s a fitting tribute as Quentin himself was always up for a challenge.”

“People with learning disabilities can face obstacles that are hard to imagine, and while we can’t make those obstacles go away, the practical help, support and encouragement we offer gives them a chance to find a bit more enjoyment, comfort and satisfaction in life.”

“Quentin was a dedicated supporter of Hft, and through his fundraising efforts he made a significant contribution to enabling people with learning disabilities to live life on their own terms. We’re very grateful to the Sabeys and the Mosses for choosing to honour his life in this very special way.”

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Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or suzanne.fry@hft.org.uk. For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

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