Businesses across MK tackle homelessness

Thu 14 Sep 2017 - posted by Jake Hall

Business people from across Milton Keynes swapped their suits for walking gear on Friday to trek The Parks Trust Challenge, raising over £5k for the brand new ‘City Fund,’ created to raise money and awareness of homelessness throughout the City.

The decision to walk the 25 mile long Parks Trust Challenge, was the brainchild of Nicholas Mann, MD of Interdirect. After hearing a speech by David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, on the launch of The Parks Trust Challenge to mark the 50th anniversary of the City, Nicholas drafted in Howes Percival and Milton Keynes College to embark on the marathon walk, whilst raising much needed funds to help combat homelessness in the region.

Following reports that Milton Keynes now has the third highest homeless population in the South East, The Milton Keynes Community Foundation created the ‘City Fund’ as a exclusive fund raising tool to support the vulnerable. As an avid supporter of the foundation, Interdirect pledged to raise the £5k needed to start the fund. 

On Friday, the 84 local business people, who battled the elements to take part in the mammoth walk, navigated their way around the route which began at Milton Keynes’ Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor Centre. For nine hours walkers traversed through the City’s parklands, crossed canals, and bypassed cows and hungry swans, before ending the challenge at The Caldecotte Arms to celebrate their achievements, and down a well-earned drink!

“Homelessness is an increasing issue within the Milton Keynes community,” explains Nicholas Mann, MD of Interdirect. “We are delighted that the money raised from The Parks Trust Challenge Walk will go a long way towards assisting the new ‘City Fund’. Throughout the entire planning process we worked closely with The Milton Keynes Community Foundation to organise the event, while setting up the fund.”

“Along with The Milton Keynes Community Foundation, we would like to thank Howes Percival and Milton Keynes College for helping us with the organisation of the event, and for keeping everyone motivated on the day! Also to Marshall Coaches, who not only supported the event, but transported the walkers to the starting line in the early hours of Friday morning.”

Companies who donned their walking boots and raised vital funds for the charity included Grant Thornton, Xero, PJ Care, Mirus IT, Fibre Fab, MK Gallery and MK Lightening.

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Comment 1 submitted by Nigel Long on Sun Sep 2017 at 11:06am

I welcome work to fund raise to tackle homelessness. There are two distinct groups of homeless. The circa 750 families in temporary accommodation and then the second group are the circa 130 people sleeping Rough.


MK Councils Labour Administration is working on both areas. We are strongly supporting the MK voluntary sector in working to tackle rough sleepers. The one stop shop will open shortly and extra beds will be available via the Winter Night Shelter.

The solutions for each group is different. Any help through fundraising is most welcome.


Cllr Nigel Long.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Housing.