Put in the miles for Red Cross

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

THE Bri­tish Red Cross is hop­ing Hal­ton res­i­dents will pull on their train­ers to raise funds next month.

Par­tic­i­pants on the Miles For Refugees chal­lenge can choose a dis­tance from 22 to 2,700 miles to cover through­out Septem­ber.

Res­i­dents can then walk, swim, cy­cle or run to reach their tar­get.

En­try to the event costs £10 with a spon­sor­ship tar­get of £100.

Red Cross events team manager Kerry Thomas said: “Miles For Refugees is an event for ev­ery­one.

“Whether you are a marathon run­ner, a long-dis­tance cy­clist, some­one who walks the dog each morn­ing, or are try­ing to mo­ti­vate your­self to go swim­ming more reg­u­larly, you can sign up and chal­lenge your­self.”

All money raised from Miles For Refugees will sup­port the Red Cross’s fam­ily re­union work.

Each year, thou­sands of refugees are de­nied their right to a fam­ily life be­cause of the com­plex na­ture of refugee fam­ily re­union.

Trained Red Cross case­work­ers guide refugees through the process; and can help with travel lo­gis­tics ● and costs, en­sur­ing that fam­i­lies are re­united quickly and safely.

Red Cross refugee ser­vices’ UK director Alex Fraser said: “At its heart, fam­ily re­union is about keep­ing loved ones to­gether.

“But it is also a safe and le­gal route to pro­tec­tion that refugees can pur­sue in or­der to bring loved ones to the UK.

“Last year we re­united 2,000 peo­ple with their fam­i­lies.

“Tak­ing part in Miles For Refugees could help us to re­unite many more.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter visit www.red­cross.org.uk/ miles

The Bri­tish Red Cross is hold­ing its Miles For Refugees chal­lenge in Septem­ber

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