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BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge, Milton Keynes

More than 50 people braved the cold on Sunday 11 May 2014 to participate in the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge in Milton Keynes.

Each year, BAPS Charities organises a fun and healthy charity event for individuals to unite as a community to support a worthy cause. At several towns and cities around the UK, around 4,000 enthusiastic men, women and children of all ages – ranging from toddlers through to senior citizens in their nineties – walk, jog and even run a distance of 10 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for a variety of good causes.

This year’s event partnered nationally with Diabetes UK, the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes – including the 3.8 million people in the UK that are currently diagnosed with the disease. Locally, BAPS Charities also raised funds for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, to support their commendable work in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

The Challenge this year builds on 20 years of sponsored events. Previous national charity partners have included Macmillan Cancer Research, Barnardo’s, The Anthony Nolan Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, KIDS, as well as Diabetes UK.

The event kicked-off shortly after 10.30am from Campbell Park Pavilion in the presence of The Mayor Councillor Brian White and Oli Hiscoe, Milton Keynes Fundraiser for Air Ambulance Buckinghamshire.

Addressing the gathering, The Worshipful Mayor thanked BAPS Charities for its generosity and for supporting charities so beneficial to the local community.

After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the route around the scenic park.

One of the participants, 21-year-old Krupa Patel, shared: “Despite the bitterly cold conditions, we all enjoyed the walk, because we knew it was for people less fortunate than us.”

BAPS Charities volunteer Mayur Shah added: “The enthusiasm and support of everyone to come out on a day like this – a chilly Sunday – is just so warming. We can’t thank all the participants enough for helping these worthy causes.”

To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.

To learn about Air Ambulance Berks Oxon Bucks, please click here.

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