Walk your way to supporting two local charities in the Beat the Street Swindon game!
Beat the Street Swindon Supports Charities
The mayor’s two chosen charities will be among the winners when the popular walking, cycling and rolling game Beat the Street returns to Swindon from next week.
Organisers have selected Mayor of Swindon Councillor Garry Perkins’s two chosen charities for his year in office:
1. The Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home
2. The Harbour Project
Participants can join a school, community or workplace team, or can join one of the two charity teams. These will their own designated leaderboard and can win £350 for first place and £150 for second place.
Jessie May provides nursing care at home for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, not expected to live beyond the age of 19.
Chris and Philippa Purrington established Jessie May in September 1996 after the death of their daughter, Jessica May. Jessica died from a genetic condition known as severe Spinal Muscular Atrophy when only four months old. Since the founding of Jessie May, the charity has supported more than 300 children and their families.
The Harbour Project
The Harbour Project helps families and individuals who are seeking asylum in Swindon. It helps them to rebuild their lives by providing advice, support, practical help and friendship. Since starting their work in 2000, with a focus on Kosovan refugees, The Harbour Project now works with people from more than 50 countries. It provides daily English classes, weekly women’s and youth groups and a Steps2Work programme.
Beat the Street
Beat the Street Swindon takes place from Wednesday, 15th September to 27th October. The game encourages friends and families to get active together.
More than 200 Beat Boxes are being installed in locations around the area. Players will use them to score points as they travel as far as possible on foot or by bike.
Players will simply need to hover their Beat the Street game cards over a Beat Box to start their journey. They can score points for themselves and their team for each Beat Box they swipe in the next hour.
Primary children get a fob and a map plus a card for their grown up.
Swindon Borough Council in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and Swindon Healthy School have brought Beat the Street to you. Intelligent Health are the deliverers of the game.
For more information about where to collect your free Beat the Street card and how to play, visit www.beatthestreet.me/swindon