I went for a jog! Apparently, this enables me to break the usual rules around begging family, friends and coworkers for money. I was disappointed to discover that the money isn't for me, to replenish all the calories I burned with delicious chinese food, but rather is meant to go to a good cause. So, I'd like to ask you all to please donate to Young Somerset.

I truly believe that investment in young people in the most efficient way to create better outcomes across society. Small intervention or support early can change the story of a life drastically. Young Somerset engages and supports young people in a range of social, economic, educational and recreational opportunities designed to encourage social inclusion and life-long learning by:

* Addressing the issues of exclusion, isolation and disadvantage
* Increasing the take-up of education, training, employment and enterprise opportunities
* Encouraging community regeneration through good citizenship and participation
* Engaging and providing access to information, advice and guidance
* Generating and participating in partnerships involving young people and stakeholders
* Involving young people in the organisation’s development and delivery
* Enabling the voice of young people to be heard in their communities
* Acting as a voice for the voluntary and community youth sector
* Establishing projects to respond to local need

More information about what they do is available in their impact report: https://www.youngsomerset.org.uk/the-difference-we-make  Steve Thomson