SOLIHULL Moors Football Club is calling on residents to get moving to help raise £1m for disadvantaged children.
The Solihull Moors Foundation – an initiative of the football club – is calling on locals to don their running, walking or cycling attire to give young people access to mental health, social support and self esteem support as well as meals for families in need.
Funds will also go towards a purpose-built community hub from which to deliver some of the support services.
The Moors 4’s challenge encourages Silhillians to run, walk, cycle or relay four miles every four hours for either 24 or 48 hours – in the event that takes place from 6pm on June 25.
Current Covid restrictions prevent organised park events, so participants can start their challenge in any location they wish.
Becci Fox, Solihull Moors Foundation chief executive officer, said: “The Moors 4’s is a fantastic challenge of mental and physical stamina and benefits a very worthy cause.
“Participants can team up and relay the event, or for those who wants to push themselves or step outside of their comfort zone, here is a challenge that will do just that and help support those people in the community who really need our help.
“From the 25 local schools we collaborate with to promote social inclusion, through to the school holiday camps, play groups and luncheons we organise to help improve the quality of life for young people in our community – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – the work of the Foundation is tireless.”
She added £5 can pay for a member of the community to access social support or a football session, £10 can go towards funding an additional member of the mental health support team and £15 can pay for a therapist to deliver a well-being session and £20 can provide a low income family of four with food for the whole week.
Last year’s inaugural event raised £25,000 for the NHS, which was the beneficiary of last year’s challenge – an impressive yield that it hopes to significantly exceed this year.
The Foundation also supports Solihull Sands United – a baby loss charity that helps males overcome the stigma of sharing feelings and experiences around the loss of a child, bringing them together through football.
For more or to sign up or donate visit the Just Giving website and search The Moors 4’s challenge.
For more about the Foundation visit https://www.solihullmoorsfc.co.uk/the-moors-foundation/