A team from Oasis Partnership charity will take on a fitness challenge to walk solidly for two days across the Isle of Wight.

Departing August 27, the social and psychological support charity is preparing to send team of ‘warriors’ to take on the walking challenge.

Personal trainer, Lewis Baker - himself in recovery after using the charity’s services – will lead the team. Together they are currently fundraising to cover the transport costs for the event.

Asked where he found the inspiration for the challenge, Lewis said:

“Some of the guys were living in the streets a year ago and most of them only have a few months clean under their belts so their progress is incredible and it gives us the chance to show them off and show how well they are doing”

“It’s a great way of showing friends and family how hard they’re trying to change their lives and I am so proud of the work we are doing”

“As it’s only me and I have no money, I decided that we could walk to raise awareness and attract sponsorship for the organisation and ‘Walk the Wight’ was born.”

Lewis himself is a recovering alcoholic who has been clean for 8 years. After taking up running in the early stages of sobriety, Lewis became a Personal Trainer so he could start up a charity and help others facing the same challenges.

Lewis now runs ‘Fitness Fridays’ from Oasis’ High Wycombe site; encouraging users to use exercise as a means to build fitness, stronger mental health and greater self-esteem.

The charity they will represent, Oasis Partnership, provide social and psychological support services to improve health and well-being to help individuals address substance misuse problems.