Introducing Owen Gosling who you may read quite a bit about on our blog space while he undertakes a massive fundraising challenge in August raising money for us at Age Concern Colchester and NE Essex.
Owen asks you all for support while he undertakes an eight day fundraising challenge: “Check in with my challenge as I attempt to raise much needed funds for Age Concern by completing the first ever solo, self sufficient circumnavigation of The Island of Arran.”
Speaking to Owen one will soon understand he feels strongly about the bad press the younger generation have lately received at the hands of the media which he feels isn’t a true reflection of the many youngsters out there who are willing to create a positive vibe within our society by pitching in and helping out. So through this walk, he is reaching out from one generation to another because as he so astutely reminds us, the young are just as likely to encounter loneliness as do older folk particularly when living away from home for the first time. His vision is to raise awareness by doing the walk as a solo adventure so as to demonstrate that the best way to combat loneliness is being active out in the fresh air which we are sure will inspire anyone under strain from being alone for a considerable length of time.
Owen writes “In Great Britain 2.2 Million people aged over 75 are suffering from Chronic loneliness. Company is the one thing many take for granted and as we get older our circles of company will shrink. Age Concern looks to keep the fresh spirit flowing through the elderly in our community, bridging the gap of loneliness.”
Do follow him in the run up to and during the walk plus spread the word by sharing on social media. To sponsor him or donate please travel to Owen’s dedicated gofundme page where you can easily pledge money: Owen’s gofundme page
Owen is chronicling his journey ahead so you can currently catch up with latest news on – facebook and – instagram. We will keep you posted about progress with news of other places where you can view Owen’s story so watch this space!