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.”

We would love your support in helping us to reach our target and make the sore and blistered feet worthwhile. To sponsor us, please click here.

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