More than 50 people in Milton Keynes – from youths through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual Challenge on 28 April 2019.
The annual charity Challenge organised by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha brought together more than 3,000 enthusiastic participants from towns and cities across the UK for a fun and healthy way to raise money for various worthy causes and local charities.
The funds will go towards supporting BAPS’s multifarious educational, community and spiritual activities serving children, youths, families and the elderly.
This year’s event will also support the outstanding work of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Cancer Centre in the local community.
The 2019 Challenge will also be supporting BAPS’s national charity partner, the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) – the UK’s leading charity campaigning and working to protect children from neglect, harm and abuse.
Previous national partners for BAPS and BAPS Charities have included Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Anthony Nolan Trust, Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, Carers UK, Diabetes UK, KIDS, and Macmillan Cancer Support. Locally, the Challenge has helped Cardiac Group and Willen Hospice, in recent years.
The event kicked off shortly after 10.30am from Campbell Park Pavilion in the presence of the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Martin Petchey. as well as Charlotte Jelley, attending on behalf of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the route, where participants would complete five rounds in total. Volunteers were also on hand to provide refreshments and instructions as necessary.