Throughout November, The Brick is calling on people from the local community to walk 3K, 5K or 10K to raise vital funds for the charity.
Vulnerable families and individuals are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, and now with the onset of Winter and the cost-of-living crisis, people in our community are facing increasing financial hardship and new challenges.
Jane Webb, Fundraising & Marketing Co-ordinator, from The Brick said: “With rising food and fuel costs, growing uncertainty and an unstable economy we hope that many families, schools, churches, and community groups will take part in The Brick’s Winter Walk for Warmth.
“At The Brick we believe fair pay, affordable bills, food, and a home, are not luxuries, but they are our rights. We will be using the money raised from this challenge to help provide wrap-around support for people in crisis, for those facing homelessness, or for individuals and families who are facing food or fuel poverty.”
The Brick staff, volunteers, and the people the charity works with, are being joined by Wigan Council’s Be Well walks activation team on Saturday 12 November for a 10.8k walk through Wigan.
The team is working to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and use the borough’s improved network of walking and cycling routes for shorter journeys – boosting their health and wellbeing and reducing their carbon footprint.
Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be supporting The Brick’s Winter Walk for Warmth.
“Through our ‘Here for You’ campaign, we’re committed to doing what we can to help our communities this winter – and we’re so fortunate to have such a wonderful local charity who do such amazing work.
“The Winter Walk for Warmth is about going the extra mile for the most vulnerable members of our borough, and it’s also a great excuse to get outdoors, get active and feel the benefit of a bracing winter walk! So, wrap up warm and join us in putting our best foot forward for such a fabulous cause.”
Jane Webb from The Brick adds: “Last year’s Wrap Up Wigan campaign saw 100s of coats and other warm clothing donated to The Brick, allowing volunteers to distribute them to vulnerable people across the borough. This year, with the increasing food and energy prices we are also providing slow cookers and electric blankets to the most vulnerable members of our community.
“Now we are taking our campaign a step further, literally, and we are calling on the community to wrap up, put on your walking shoes or wellies meet friends or family, and take on The Brick’s Winter Walk for Warmth!”
If you would like to get involved you can Download our Sponsorship form here, or for more information contact Jane Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01942 236 953 or for donations visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/winterwalkforwarmth