From John O’Groats to Lands End, in aid of children living in poverty in Milton Keynes

mpmc Sam and Ryan leaving MK for John OGroats

mpmc Sam and Ryan leaving MK for John OGroats

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Big hearts and even bigger lungs will be needed when a pair of cyclists take on the John O’Groats to Lands End challenge in aid of the 12,500 children living in poverty in Milton Keynes.

Ryan Surridge and Sam Hyson left the city this morning, and will be riding 1,000 miles over 10 days in aid of the MK Community Foundation.

The duo have been friends ever since they went to school together at Stantonbury Campus, and Ryan still lives locally in Newport Pagnell.

He said: “Cycling the country has always been on my to do list and when I heard about the Eat Sleep Play Love campaign it gave me that extra incentive to plan the trip and make a difference to local people’s lives.

“With our friends and families supporting us we’ve raised almost £1,000 for local children.”

The MK Community Foundation’s Eat Sleep Play Love campaign is raising funds and awareness about children living in poverty in MK. The charity is also delivering strategic grants to organisations helping children and families in crisis across the city, such as awarding £14,700 this summer to the YMCA and MK Christian Foundation to support homeless young adults into accommodation and provide life skills training to enable them to find work.

Charity spokesman Michelle Kopczyk added: “We need the support of local fundraisers like Ryan and Sam to help us deliver essential grant awards to projects helping children

and families in need in MK.

“Ryan and Sam are a great example of the power of local people to help others. If you would like to fundraise for our work visit our website www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk”