Fundraisers take on Costa Rica challenge | Depaulcharity

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Fundraisers take on Costa Rica challenge

March 20th, 2017

An intrepid group of fundraisers will help keep young people in South Yorkshire safe from homelessness and harm – by walking from coast to coast in Costa Rica, South America, in November, raising money for charity.

The trekkers aim to raise £100,000 for the work of Depaul UK, including SAFE@LAST, which last year became part of Depaul, and Nightstop South Yorkshire, a new emergency accommodation service which started in 2016 with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

SAFE@LAST founder Hilary Masserella said: “I feel very privileged to have taken part in both previous SAFE@LAST fundraising treks, one mountain and one desert. Both were challenging, physically, mentally and emotionally, but what a joy they were!

“It is hard to describe fully the camaraderie that is built up among the team. Laughing, crying, aching, eating, worrying, celebrating together all bring the group so close together. Old bonds are strengthened and new ones made and I believe they will last forever when an experience like this is shared. I will be taking part in the next challenge – jungle this time – and I cannot WAIT!”

Nightstop South Yorkshire Manager Amy Smith said: “This exciting trek will provide valuable funds for our emergency accommodation service, based in Sheffield. It costs us just £15 in expenses to place a young person with one of our volunteer hosts overnight, so the sum this expedition could raise would potentially change hundreds of lives.

“Even just one night on the streets is incredibly dangerous for a young person, leaving them wide open to abuse and exploitation. Our brave trekkers will be helping us to ensure that doesn’t happen!”  

A few places on the trek are still available. To join the team for this challenge of a lifetime, visit or email:


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