On Sunday [26 August] YSS Senior Keyworker Andy Shaw tackled a challenge of endurance, riding from 7am to 7pm across challenging terrain on a motorbike, raising hundreds of pounds in the process, which will be used to support some of the most marginalised people in society.

Andy and his friend James entered the UK’s biggest endurance race, the ‘Dawn to Dusk Enduro’, to raise money for West Mercia charity YSS’ (Your Support Service) Discretionary Distress Fund.

Speaking to Charity Today, Andy said:

“We decided to enter the 12-hour category and ride as a duo. Unfortunately, the weather was against us which made the race even harder – it poured with rain the entire day, which made the track much more dangerous. I also had a mechanical issue with my bike which forced us to ride on one bike.

“Despite this though we got through the 12 hours and finished in 21st place out of 140 teams. The race was extremely difficult – even painful at times – but we were delighted with the result, and even happier to have raised such a great amount of money for YSS!”

Initially hoping to raise £750, Andy soon smashed his target, reaching an incredible £830 sponsorship.

He added: “Thank you to everyone who donated! Your generous support will make an enormous difference to the service users YSS supports, who are often without even the basics in life.”

To find out more about donating to YSS’ Discretionary Distress Fund, which supports some of the most marginalised people in society in ways such as providing overnight support for someone living on the street or providing an emergency food and clothing package for a family in crisis, please go to yss.org.uk/donate.