KITTERY, Maine— A trio of hikers who walked from Seapoint Beach in Kittery to the summit of Mt. Washington in five days raised almost $12,000 for area homeless services.
Charlie Simpson, who completed the hike last year and raised $5,000, was joined this year by Ed McAbee and Mike Lee to hike the 110-mile trek to raise awareness and money for Fair Tide, which provides transitional housing and support services to people in the Greater Seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire.
"This hike was a real challenge, but the knowledge that so many generous people were supporting Fair Tide was like wind at my back. It made for a great experience," Lee said in a release.
The trio raised $11,984, nearly 2,000 above their goal of $10,000. The money provides shelter for a little more than one person for the entire year. Fair Tide says it costs $31 a day to provide shelter and give a person “a warm night.”
"The enormous physical challenge that these gentlemen overcame, and the amount of money they raised on behalf of Fair Tide speaks to their dedication, and is a shining example of the difference that individuals can make to a cause," said Fair Tide’s Executive Director Emily Flinkstrom.
Those who would like to make a donation in honor of the hike can still do so at Fair Tide’s website, www.fairtide.org.