Father Phil walked 26 miles per day on average. Credit: Hull City Council

And finally… Walk on, walk on

Sensory gardens have been invaluable additions to various buildings, and a superb fundraising effort involving a trek from Liverpool has helped a Hull project towards its goal.

Father Phil, the vicar of Sculcoates, St Mary’s and St Paul’s churches in Hull and bishop’s adviser to the Deliverance Ministry, has walked 130 miles over five days from the Liver Building in Liverpool to The Deep in Hull.

He did it to raise money for new sensory equipment for the children and young people supported by Hull City Council’s Leisure and Family Support Service (LAFSS).

LAFSS provides activities and group sessions including short breaks for children and young people with a disability, complex needs or additional need, up to the age of 18.

Father Phil walked around 26 miles a day, raising around £7,000 towards the new indoor sensory garden, which will be crated when the LAFSS team relocates to a new building this year.

The team are hoping to have the indoor garden completed in 2024/25.

The Sailmaker’s Arms in Hull’s old town supported Father Phil and supporters were there able to celebrate with him following his arrival at The Deep.

Pauline Turner, director of children’s services at Hull City Council, said: “Father Phil’s determination and generosity will go a long way to helping us provide a much-needed sensory garden which our children and young people can enjoy for many years to come.”

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