In light of the worldwide restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on travel we needed to find a way to hold our trek4thefed closer to home.
Announcing in May that The Fed would be forming a team to undertake the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks, we were quickly inundated with requests to join.
Here, in their own words, a few of the team explain what The Fed means to them, and why they signed up for the challenge.
Richard and Julie Abramson
“Since the start of COVID, we have volunteered for The Fed and have seen firsthand the wonderful work that the organisation does. Having had the time to explore our local area over the last few months, we have become keen walkers and saw the challenge of trek4thefed as something we would love to try and achieve.
“We know it’s going to be extremely tough but we are up for it – and we also have Fed Director, Raphi Bloom, by our side who has promised to carry us over the peaks if need be!”
Jon, Karen and Elise Richman
“As a family we have had an association with The Fed for a long time. For almost ten years, I (Karen!) was proud to be part of the Volunteers team and the work that they – and the rest of the organisation – have done over the last few months has been, and continues to be, incredible.
Elise was a young volunteer while in High School and Jon has done many miles on charity bike rides.
Jon and Elise though the three peaks would be a great way to do something together to raise much-needed funds at this time, and before I knew it – I was signed up too! After a training hike up one of the peaks, I knew that this would be a huge challenge!”
Debbie Davies and Steven Kramrisch
“We are both involved with The Fed as volunteers and Debbie even participated in the Israel Trek last year.
We felt that this was a fantastic opportunity to do something together to raise much-needed funds for a cause close to both of our hearts, and at the same time keep fit.”
Bernie and Howard Yaffe
“As regular running partners, we frequently pound the roads keeping ourselves fit, and have competed in numerous 10k and half-marathons. This time, we are substantially upping both our distance and game in order to raise valuable funds fo an amazing organisation very close to both our hearts.
“Our mum and dad both spent the latter days of their lives in Heathlands Village being looked after in the most incredible, warm and caring way by its fantastic staff. The recent COVID-19 crisis has only served to highlight more than ever the true value of all front-line care workers and the immense debt of gratitude we owe them.
“The other jewels in the crown of The Fed are its Community Services and Volunteering groups who support 1 in 10 Jewish homes in Manchester. With government cutbacks in funding set to continue and people living longer with knock on impacts on social and mental health issues, the demands on The Fed’s services will only increase. That’s why raising critical funds to support these vital services is so important to the organisation.”