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4th Jul, 2022

Solihull Moors launch The Big Walk

SOLIHULL Moors are donning their walking boots and taking to the streets in order to fundraise for the Solihull Moors Foundation.

On Monday, May 2, ‘The Big Walk’ will see participants complete a 19-mile charity hike, from the club’s training ground in Studley to the ARMCO Arena, the home of Moors.

Starting at 6am, a hardened group of walkers, led by Moors Chairman Darryl Eales and Foundation CEO Becci Fox, will lace up their shoes and embark on an expedition with a difference.

All in the name of raising money for the club’s charity the Solihull Moors Foundation, the walk will endeavour to capture a true community spirit and bring together people from all walks of life.

Chairman Eales said: “You might ask, why? For us, it’s simple. The Solihull Moors Foundation are doing amazing things within the local community and this event will help tackle inequality one step at a time.

“All monies raised will go to projects such as disability, women in sport, mental health and education we would love it if you could all, in some capacity, get involved and help fundraise.

“There are no set rules for participating in the event, we just want you to spread the word and bring numbers to it. There might be a hard-core group (including myself!) who decide to walk the full 19 miles, but the checkpoints mentioned above can all be legs to start from.”

Those taking part will be set an initial target of raising £50. Hit that magic number and receive FREE entry into Moors home game against Bromley that same day (3pm kick-off).

But of course, feel free to eclipse that, and who knows, there may even be a special prize for the biggest fundraiser!

Raising £5 can deliver a session of inclusion football per child, £10 pays for a one-to-one mentoring session to support a child with the challenges of growing up, £50 would fund one child to access an afterschool club for a whole term and £6,000 would fund a holiday camp for 30 vulnerable children across a two-week period.

Moors want the whole community to be involved, therefore we invite you to hop onto the walk at any of our five designated checkpoints.

After Studley, our next stop is Henley-in-Arden, (12.2 miles) before moving onto Hockley Heath (8 miles), Dorridge, (5.7 miles), Mell Square in Solihull (2.2 miles) and then the last stretch to the stadium.

Club partners Living Well will be with us every step of the way, handing out water bottles and words of encouragement at every stop.

The day of the walk falls on Moors’ home fixture against Bromley in the Vanarama National League.

This will mark Moors’ Living Well Mental Health game, poignant as it is a prime example of the people and projects that The Big Walk will be helping to support.

But providing Mental Health services is just one initiative, and the money raised will go to a whole host of projects, ranging from food and hygiene banks to providing mentoring and employability workshops.

 

How to Get Involved with The Big Walk!

Click HERE and follow these 5 easy steps:

1. Click the Start Fundraising Button

2. Sign Up or Log in to a Just Giving Account

3. Click Taking Part in an Event

4. Search The Big Walk

5. Create Your Page!

And Finally… Walk a Mile in Soli’s Shoes

Go one step further, donate £25 to don the famous Soli the Moorkat suit and walk a mile dressed as our friendly, furry mascot!

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