Hands in the bucket for a bike ride!
You may have seen on our social media over the last few days that we are undertaking a sponsored static bike ride at Our Place to raise some much-needed funds to keep this project going. Over to our David, who co-ordinates the project, for some more information...
"Over the last four years the Sefton Care Levers Centre "Our Place" have been fortunate enough through funding to offer support to some of the most vulnerable but WONDERFUL young people in Sefton. The project is currently in between funding and we have been thinking of ways we can bridge the gap whilst we wait to hear from the many funding applications we have submitted so that we can continue the project.
A group of amazing young people who are involved with "Our Place" are tenaciously not giving up and have insisted that something can be done to help achieve the continuation of the project. The young people have all received support from the service and know first hand the difference the project makes to young people with care experience facing uncertain futures and troubled pasts.
Through service user led meetings and wide ranging consultation, the group have decided to raise funds, but the question was how? "What could they do?!" I hear you ask, maybe a bucket collection or bag packing at local supermarkets, possibly a car wash or as one young person suggested, plain old begging in the street.
Well these young people are not scared of a challenge because they have been challenged in life and have strength and determination to succeed at anything put in front of them. So no! they would not settle for the "Norm" or traditional methods when it comes to raising money for Our Place.
Like I said, these young people have faced and overcome more challenge than most people will ever be faced with, these young people raise the bar just to exist on a daily basis, so given the opportunity to think of a challenge to complete to raise funds, well they didn't go home, they went BIG!
A static bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End, a distance of over 700 miles and a quest that many a brave soul have attempted and failed at in the past, a true test of "man (or woman) and machine" to coin a phrase!
This is a massive undertaking and not to be taken lightly. Through support from Our Place staff and local agencies, a fund raising drive is coming together which will promote, recruit and monitor the successes, trials and tribulations of this mammoth challenge.
So! "How can I help?" I hear you ask, well let me tell you, you can help by following this link https://mydonate.bt.com/events/seftoncareleavers/451247 and kindly donating to the cause or you can simply promote this link via your social networks like Twitter, Facebook etc, telling everyone how FAB! the work is and what a good cause we are. We will be making videos and posting lots of pics and information about our progress.
However, if you're feeling super healthy and reckon yourself to be the next Laura Trott or Mark Cavendish and fancy chipping in then come and get in the saddle and put a few miles down for a good cause, you could even get friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you make a team, come in fancy dress, for which there will be a prize..."
Wow. Sounds like David and the Our Place crew have been busy. We know it's an expensive time of year, but every little bit really does help. To win bragging rights about your cycling prowess, there are loads of ways to get in touch with us, follow the link to donate, call David on 0151 928 1380, email on david.fairclough@ourplacesefton, inbox us on facey, DM us on Twitter, call in and see us, we don't care how you do it but get here and get involved!