More than twenty people from social care provider, Avenues Group, tackled the gruelling 100km London to Brighton Challenge over the May bank holiday weekend to raise money for the people they support to live independently in their own homes.
The ‘Avenues All Stars’ team raised over £6,000 towards the organisation’s Active Communities Fund. With this money, Avenues will be able to financially support people who are moving out of long stay hospital placements into a supported living service, and enable them to equip and furnish their very first home.
Avenues is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support to people who have learning disabilities, autism, dementia or acquired brain injury, alongside challenging behaviour and complex needs, in community-based settings across the UK.
Members of the executive team, including Deputy CEO Jo Land, were joined by service managers, support staff and kind-hearted partners and family members for one of the UK’s greatest endurance challenges. They completed the walk within the permitted 24 hours.
Two people that Avenues supports also took part in half of the walk to show their support and camaraderie, and also to achieve goals they have set for themselves.
Jo Land says: “The London to Brighton Challenge has been both a fantastic and testing experience, and I would like to say thank you to everyone who donated and took part. We are extremely proud of the work we do at Avenues and all proceeds from our services are reinvested into helping vulnerable people achieve their goals and live full lives in their communities.
“Our Active Communities Fund has been around for a number of years and is used to help the people we support buy the things they need to set up their own home. We recently helped one woman secure her first property but due to her many years in hospital she owned nothing; not even a cup! With our help, she now has a fully furnished place to call home.”
Donations can still be made at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AvenuesAllStars