You’ll never walk alone!

Photo: David Hurst'16 year old Denise Slavin, second from left, of Lindale Gardens, Squires Gate, Blackpool, who is doing a sponsored charity walk in aid of the charity 'Who Cares', with friends, from left, Katie Turner, Connor Mulvey and Morgan Aylen.
Photo: David Hurst'16 year old Denise Slavin, second from left, of Lindale Gardens, Squires Gate, Blackpool, who is doing a sponsored charity walk in aid of the charity 'Who Cares', with friends, from left, Katie Turner, Connor Mulvey and Morgan Aylen.
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Denise Slaven is out to prove young people do care and can make a difference.

And she is determined to let youngsters in the care system know there is 
always help at hand.

The 16-year-old, from South Shore, will be joined by nearly 30 of her family and friends, on Sunday, on a sponsored walk to raise money for a good cause close to her heart.

She has organised the 22-mile trek between the Pleasure Beach at South Shore and the Fleetwood Ferry port in aid of charity The Who Cares Trust.

She has set up a Just Giving page to help boost the fund-raising efforts.

Denise – a student at Blackpool and the Fylde College – said: “I was brought up in care, by foster parents and I wanted to give something back to the charity.

“It is a great cause, which helps children and young people who have been in tough situations, stay on the right path and helps them with education and training.

“The charity produces a magazine for youngsters and provides all-round support.

“When you’re in foster care, sometimes it can be tough, 
going to different families.

“The best thing about the charity is, it lets children and young people know they are not alone.

“It really is so supportive.

“I am at college now and hope to go on to university and would like one day to become a teacher. I think my own 
experiences have made me want to educate and work with 
children.

“And I feel I wanted to give something back to help 
others.

“So I decided to organise a sponsored walk and get some of my friends and family 
together to join me.

“I’ve been trying to build up by walking longer distances to make sure I am ready for it, as it’s quite a long way.

“We will be collecting with buckets as we walk and hoping to raise awareness of what the charity does, as well as raising money.”

To support Denise’s charity efforts, click www.justgiving.com/denise-slaven.