From the realisation that in the UK alone, an estimated 2 in 5 households have to choose between heating and eating, and that over 4.2 million people are living in food poverty, Greg from Unihousing along with a team from Property Entrepreneurs Community felt compelled to go on a hike for hunger.
It may come as a shock to you but the reality is that nearly one in 10 children are unsure of where their next meal will come from. Families on low income are being hard hit by the increased cost of living, a crisis that has left families looking for all the help there is. In the last year alone, it is estimated that over 1 in 10 households used Food banks and worse still, a third of the people in these households are children. Our veterans are facing the same challenge where their desire to stay independent has caused many of them to go hungry for days, rather than use regular food banks and seek help from available avenues. Such situations draw us to a rather sad revelation of our times, but also the daily realities of what we are faced with. Collectively, we believe that our efforts helped play a part in fighting this.
Greg from Unihousing together with a team from the Property Entrepreneurs Community chose to channel their efforts towards going on a Hike for Hunger as a means of fundraising for disadvantaged children and UK veterans. Their fundraising campaign involved multiple challenges for the MIND, BODY and SOUL. All these challenges were aimed at raising awareness and funds towards combating hunger. The target was to raise funds totalling £127,264 over a period of 12 weeks.
With your immense publicity and generous giving, in 45 days of the campaign, Greg was able to successfully raise £6,790 (+ est. £997.50 from Gift Aid). This brings the total raised money over the period of 4 years that they have been running this campaign to an estimated combined total of £500,000. Thank you for taking part in giving or even spreading the word about this cause.
Here are some of the challenges they undertook during the Hike for Hunger;
• Did a fire walk across hot coals; this was harder than they had prepared for!
• Hiked at Summit Snowdon (13 miles, 3,500 ft elevation), The Yorkshire 3 Peaks (12 hours, 23 miles, 5,000ft elevation), The National 3 peaks (24 hours, 24 miles, 10,000ft total elevation).
• Volunteered at The Trussell Trust, at local food banks and at other community good causes during the 12 weeks.
All proceeds from this cause have been given to two incredible charities
• Magic Breakfast, an organisation that provides breakfasts to disadvantaged children and children at risk of hunger in schools across the UK. They believe that Hunger should never be a barrier to education for any child.
• Tri-Services Veterans Support Centre: A Stoke based veteran run charity, for Veterans. They provide mental health support services and meals to suffer from mental health problems and meals to the ex-members of our Forces.
“We could not have done this without your encouragement and your generous giving. Thank you once again for your commitment towards this noble case and for your kindness.” – Greg
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