CENTREPOINT is challenging the public to ‘Move in March’ and complete 121,000 steps over the course of ten days or less to raise money for the vulnerable young people, the leading youth homelessness charity supports.
‘Move in March’ invites everyone to complete their fitness task by either walking or running. Each step will represent one of the more than 121,000 young people in the UK facing homelessness. Centrepoint is encouraging fundraisers to raise £121 or more per person.
Centrepoint estimates that over 121,000 young people were facing homelessness last year, an increase of more than 10,000 on the previous year. During the first lockdown, calls to Centrepoint’s Helpline jumped by over 50%, compared to the months leading up to it.
Lucy Goble, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at Centrepoint, said:
“This past year has been extremely challenging for vulnerable young people. The coronavirus pandemic has led to more young people sleeping rough and made it harder for those trying to turn their lives around to find work.
“That’s why we’re urging our supporters to sign up and get involved with ‘Move in March’ and take 121,000 steps for all the young people struggling to find a place to call home.”
Centrepoint runs hostels across the country supporting homeless young people into a job and a home. The money Centrepoint supporters’ raise will go directly towards safe accommodation, education and training programmes and physical and mental health support for vulnerable young people.
‘Move in March’ takes place 1st – 31st March. For more information and to sign up, please visit: https://centrepoint.org.uk/moveinmarch.