Challenge Walk aims to help MK’s homeless

Wed 12 Jul 2017 - posted by Anne Walsh

A trek along a 25.48 mile walking route, established by The Parks Trust Milton Keynes, will take place this September in order to raise awareness and funds for the increasingly pertinent issue of homelessness in our city.

The event was the brainchild of Nicholas Mann, from full service marketing agency, Interdirect, and was supported by Simon Demaid of Howes Percival. Both were present at a talk by Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, David Foster at Milton Keynes’ monthly networking event, Midsummer Breakfast, where David gave a presentation about the fantastic work of The Parks Trust Milton Keynes.

The challenge walk, organised by Interdirect, Howes Percival and Milton Keynes College, hopes to raise a target of £5,000. Working with MK Community Foundation all money raised will go towards a brand new ‘City Fund’, designed exclusively to support homeless charities and projects. These charities urgently need our help to provide care and support services to get people back on their feet and into suitable accommodation.

In 2016, there was a 16% increase of rough sleepers in England from the previous year, and Milton Keynes reportedly has the third highest homeless population in the South East. Open Door MK currently sees between 40 and 50 visitors at its drop-in services each week and these figures are estimated to rise.

Jake Hall, New Business Development Manager at Interdirect, explains: “Unfortunately homelessness is becoming an increasing issue in Milton Keynes and it is important that Interdirect and our partner organisations help MK Community Foundation to support the most vulnerable people in our city.

“We hope that the walk will raise the profile of the new ‘City Fund’, give it an initial boost of money, and be an enjoyable challenge through the beautiful parks, woodlands and fields of Milton Keynes.”

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Comment 1 submitted by Peter Rothery on Fri Jul 2017 at 14:47pm

Good luck with this one folks. It is a tough one which a team of us from Lloyds Bank Commercial did on June 8th. Don't underestimate this challenge. The morning was a most pleasant jaunt stopping off at The Black Horse at Linford for a bit of lunch and a few dropped off here. The rest of us carried on for the second half and miles 17-20 were tough mentally and miles 20 to 25 tough physically especially the last mile or so where you can see the Caldecotte Arms and all you want to do is walk across the lake to cut off the last mile or so!

We raised almost £8k for our chosen charity - Mental Health UK and I would advocate the right shoes and socks as critical for success as well as a bit of practice. One "old soldier" who just would not give up had blisters the diameter of a tennis ball and could barely walk for three days afterwards!
We set out at 7.55 am and finished just after 6pm and a very welcome soak in the bath.
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