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British Red Cross encourages Brummies to get active for refugees

Victoria Pendleton

Almost a quarter of people in Birmingham have not ridden a bike in over a decade, according to a recent survey. The results also found that almost 20% of people have not been for a run in their life.

50% of respondents admitted that they lacked the motivation to get active with just under half saying that they would like to change that.

The survey, carried out by the British Red Cross, found that over a quarter of adults in Birmingham would be motivated to get active by signing up to a physical challenge to fundraise for charity, with one in five stating they would consider raising money to support refugees*.

Over 44,000 people around the globe are being forced to flee their homes every day as a result of conflict, persecution and natural disasters and the Red Cross is the only organisation providing support to refugees, people seeking asylum and vulnerable migrants at every stage of their journey.

The British Red Cross is the largest independent provider of support to refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. Last year the charity provided 13,000 refugees with food and clothing and helped to reunite almost 1,000 families separated by war and conflict, as well as providing volunteering and education opportunities across the country.

This September, the charity is calling on the public to go the extra mile and pull on their trainers, lycra or swimsuit and travel the length of a refugee’s journey to raise money to support refugees as they attempt to rebuild their lives in the UK.

The fundraising challenge is backed by Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton who has some handy tips on how to get involved on the British Red Cross website.

Participants can cycle the distance of Damascus to Athens (1,000 miles), run the distance between Calais and London (108 miles) or select another one of the journeys you’d like to complete, either individually, or part of a team.

Alex Fraser, Director of Refugee Support and Restoring Family Links at the British Red Cross said: “This September we are asking everyone to get active and take part in Miles for Refugees, a fundraising challenge that will have a huge impact on the lives of refugees, people seeking asylum and vulnerable migrants living here in the UK.

“Refugees make desperate journeys because they are truly desperate. In the face of conflict or persecution, people are often forced to travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles to reach a place of safety.

“Whether you choose to walk, run, cycle or swim, the money you raise will help the British Red Cross to ensure that all refugees are made to feel welcome in their communities and are given the support they need to rebuild their lives in safety.”

Your miles can change the lives of refugees this September.

Learn more and sign up at: miles.redcross.org.uk.

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