Local charity Charity Link has launched its new Strides Apart 2020 event and is looking for people across the county to take part to help provide essential items for vulnerable people experiencing hardship.
Charity Link usually runs its popular and award-winning 16 mile Leicestershire three Peaks Challenge each September, which follows a unique route taking in the peaks of Old John in Bradgate Park, Beacon Hill and Bardon Hill (Leicestershire’s highest point).
Unable to run the challenge in the usual format this year due to the pandemic, Strides Apart 2020 asks people to take on their own 16 mile challenge between 12th – 27th September. Featuring fun elements including photo, i-spy and fancy dress competitions, all funds raised through the event will ensure that local people in need – including those directly impacted by the pandemic – are provided with the food, clothing and other essential items they desperately need.
Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Charity Link, pictured above, says: “We are facing a 40% loss in fundraising income this year having already had to cancel a number of events due to the pandemic. We know that many people were looking forward to supporting the Leicestershire three Peaks and whilst we can’t run the event in its usual format this year and we will miss seeing everyone on the start-line and walking with you, we are really excited to launch Strides Apart 2020.
Those taking part can navigate around our usual Leicestershire 3 Peaks route through the beautiful Charnwood countryside or design their own walk anywhere in Leicestershire. They can also be imaginative about the 3 ‘peaks’ they include and can take on 16 miles in one go or split their challenge across a number of days, or even organise a relay with friends, family members or work colleagues. We’ve got a special event cup to present to the business which we feel best supports the event too.”
Everyone taking part receives an exclusive challenge t-shirt and welcome pack. Full details on the event can be found at www.charity-link.org/strides-apart or by calling 0116 222 2212. The charity is also interested in hearing from those who may be interested in offering sponsorship for the event.