The support of local people and businesses is extremely important to us and we are always thankful and humbled by people who go above and beyond to raise money for our charity.

With Covid impacting on fundraising events it has been an extremely challenging twelve months. However, it has given us an amazing opportunity to introduce some new events to enable supporters to take part in virtually and safely. Once of those was The Big Winter Walk, which people enjoyed between December and February, and with another national lockdown announced mid-way it was an ideal chance to enjoy the permitted daily exercise, set a target and raise some money in the process.

Miles was one of those taking part and decided to run throughout January to support The Benjamin Foundation, raising a brilliant £680. We were pleased to chat with Miles earlier this month about what inspired him to join in:

“2020 highlighted that there are so many people who are less fortunate, so I decided that 2021 for me would be a year of giving back and I looked for a local charity to support.” Miles says.

“The work The Benjamin Foundation does with young people really struck a chord. It’s charities like this and the young people they support who are less likely to be heard. I know that smaller charities have really struggled during Covid so I wanted to focus my efforts locally.

I completed 101 miles in January, running in the Cley, Morston and Blakeney area near where I live. I used Strava to record my distance, which made it really easy for people to track how I was doing and it was motivating for me too. One of my highlights was actually running in the snow in the early morning. Although it was cold, there was something very magical about being out in the countryside on my own and being closer to nature, listening to the sounds when everything else was so quiet. There was so much wildlife to hear and see.”

As a runner and fundraiser, Miles was keen to get his fundraising for The Benjamin Foundation off the ground and emailed friends and family to rally their support.

“I had a weekly tally, which helped me to countdown the miles towards my 100 target. I ran the London Marathon a few years ago and I learned then to not be embarrassed to ask people to sponsor me because it was also an opportunity to remind people of the good work that charities are doing in our communities.

The hardest step is always the first step – whether you choose to walk, run or cycle, it’s just getting out of the front door which is often tough! But once you’re out and on your way, you can thoroughly enjoy it.

I feel really positive about the help I am able to give to others. I am lucky and it’s rewarding to be able to do something useful. I wholeheartedly suggest that those thinking of supporting The Benjamin Foundation do so. No matter how big or small, don’t put it off – it is all worthwhile.”

A big thank you to Miles for his wonderful support!

There are lots of ways you too can support us. Contact us on events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk 01603 886931 and with your support we can help more local young people journey out of homelessness for good.

The Benjamin Foundation have helped me gain independence, confidence, self-esteem and I have discovered more about myself. They have given me great opportunities and I am ever so grateful to be a part of it. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I’d be today. Thank you for shaping my life and giving me hope for a future.

Young person supported by our Housing and Homelessness service

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