Fife charity puts on walking boots for the 'Muirhead Mile'
A local early intervention charity is holding its annual fundraiser, the Muirhead Mile, to help relationships and build stronger communities.
The Muirhead Outreach Project works with young people and their families in Glenrothes and Levenmouth.
The aim of the charity is to prevent children from being taken into care and to minimise the impact of childhood/family trauma, by giving children and families a sense of belonging, a sense of achievement and a realisation that life can be good. The families are supported through face-to-face work over an eight-week period, parent groups and holiday clubs.
The charity also provides access to a holiday caravan to give families the opportunity to have a much-needed holiday together. The families can look forward to having outings and new experiences to help build confidence.
In the past four years, it has seen many successes, including only one child having spent any time in care, from the more than 50 families they have supported, and appearing on the STV Children’s Appeal with Sean Batty.
Becoming an annual event, the team are gearing up for the Muirhead Mile, on May 23 between 1pm-4pm. Last year it was held virtually, with participants walking blindfolded and walking a dozen dogs. This year, it will be held in person. There is a route set up around Riverside Park, with a QR code scavenger hunt to follow. On completion, participants will receive a goody bag and ice-cream.
Muirhead Outreach Project’s charity development officer, Janine Norris, said: “May is National Walking month, National Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme of which is #ConnectWithNature and hosts international families’ day. These themes are what Muirhead stand for – well-being, family and fun - making it the perfect time for a fun walk, to boost your spirits, boost our profile in the community and boost our bank balance. We’re so lucky to be supported by the Rotary Glenrothes – some of their members are walking with us.”
To find out more or to donate, visit – www.justgiving.com/campaign/MuirheadOutreachSurviveThriveDrive