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Stepping out for mini bus fundraiser

Release Date: 14-Oct-2013
A team from KNH’s Older People’s Support Service have been pounding the pavements over the past few weeks, raising money for a mini bus.
Three of the fundraising team

Three of the fundraising team

The team of 18 included scheme coordinators, managers, a tenant and a board member. Between them they took part in three walks of varying lengths, covering 32 miles in total. Their journey took them from Walker Street in Thornhill, Dewsbury to Wessen Court in Marsden; along the way they stopped in at seven retirement living schemes managed by KNH.

The aching legs and blisters were all worth it, as the walkers raised £2243.25, thanks to the generosity of colleagues, tenants, friends, family and local businesses including Thornton & Ross. The money will go towards a mini bus, which will be used to take elderly tenants to social events at other granges and in the wider community.

According to Activities Coordinator, Karina Sykes, “Thanks to the walkers, we’ve now raised over £3500, which brings us a bit closer to our total of £26,000. It also means we have some match funding when we apply for grants and other sources of funding.

“Having our own vehicles will enable our tenants to do a wider variety of activities in different places and help them meet a wider circle of friends. Being physically and socially active as we age helps to increase and maintain our health and wellbeing, so this is going to be a great way of helping our tenants do that.”