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Couple walk coast for charity

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

An Ottery couple are to walk 22 miles along the East Devon coast to raise money for the Hope for Justice charity, which campaigns against human trafficking.
Lee and Lydia Solman have organised the walk, which follows the coastal path from Seaton to Exmouth, and expect up to 30 people to join them for sections of the challenge.
Mrs Solman said: “We have always enjoyed walking together on Dartmoor and on the coast. It seemed an obvious way of fundraising as we have such amazing and beautiful countryside around us.”
Lee runs a garden and estate service, and Lydia has worked as a nurse, but the couple were inspired to get their walking boots on after hearing about the work of Hope for Justice.
The charity helps to locate and support victims of trafficking, training investigators to track down and free people, and providing safe houses and legal assistance to those affected.
Mrs Solman said: “I was initially stirred after hearing about the horrendous treatment that victims of human trafficking receive all around the world. As I learned about the subject I felt a sense of responsibility growing in me to do something about it, no matter how small.
“When I realised the scale of slavery in our own country, it really shocked me. I had no idea that there were people deliberately being targeted in this way so close to home.”
Hope for Justice opened its first investigative hub in February and has freed 200 victims already, 23 per cent of whom were children. The charity hopes to build a network of hubs across the UK to enable a close working relationship with the police, and any money raised from the walk will be going towards the opening of new hubs.
Mrs Solman added: “We will be setting off at 7am and hope to get to Exmouth at around 5pm. Some people will be joining us at Sidmouth and others are doing the walk in groups as a relay.
“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness for the cause and we would love to have people there to support us as we arrive.”
The walk will take place on January 18th.

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