This September we're taking part in a Challenge Walk, the 25.48 mile route, established by The Parks Trust Milton Keynes, will take place on Friday 8th September 2017 and hopes to raise awareness and funds for the increasing issue of homelessness in MK.
The Challenge Walk, organised by Interdirect, Howes Percival and Milton Keynes College and Xero hopes to raise a target of £5,000. The group is working with MK Community Foundation to ensure all the 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 some of the most vulnerable people in Milton Keynes. 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.”
If you would like to sponsor the people taking part in the Challenge Walk and make their sore and blistered feet worthwhile visit their Justgiving page.