CHICKS Invite Families To Take Part In A Rainbow Walk This May

CHICKS Invite Families To Take Part In A Rainbow Walk This May

Devon-based national children’s charity CHICKS is inviting families across the county to stand beside children affected by the coronavirus outbreak by taking part in a Rainbow Walk this May.

CHICKS, which ordinarily provides free, week-long respite breaks for children, is inviting households to take their daily exercise dressed in rainbow coloured clothes as a mark of solidarity with children who are living in vulnerable situations across the UK, as well as the millions of children whose parents are key workers.

The bid comes as CHICKS enters its seventh week of being unable to provide its normal respite breaks to children, and as the charity announces plans to make its breaks available for the children of key workers, as soon as its safe for the charity’s breaks to be reinstated. 

Head of CHICKS Young Person’s Hub, Sheryl Dago, explained:

“Across the UK, millions of children who feel sad, afraid or alone are facing serious and worsening situations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It is our mission to make sure these children remember that people believe in them, that they are valued, important and loved. This is why we’re inviting you to stand beside every child who is living in poverty, struggling to cope with caring responsibilities, grieving for someone they love, or missing a parent on the front line, by taking part in a Rainbow Walk this May.”

To join the fun, the charity asks that you dress in your finest, brightest, most colourful clothes, pick your route and head out for a Rainbow Walk with your household. 

Sheryl added:

“You might want to cycle, skip or run, whichever you choose, as long as your outfit is bursting with colour and happiness – that’s perfect!”

CHICKS is one of many charities who has seen a drop in income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, so is inviting those who take part in a Rainbow Walk to donate to or raise funds for CHICKS.

CHICKS Fundraising Manager, Megan Swan, explained:

“Last month CHICKS launched an emergency fundraising appeal as we are experiencing a drop in income of around 50%. We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have received from all those who believe in CHICKS, but with so many of our fundraising events and campaigns continuing to be affected, we are asking those who can support us to continue doing what they can to support CHICKS. All the funds raised will help to give hundreds of vulnerable children, and the children of key workers who are having to endure such extreme worries and stresses at the moment, the chance to one day soon be back at CHICKS laughing, having adventures and making new friends.”

To raise funds as part of a Rainbow Walk, simply set up an online fundraising page by searching for ‘CHICKS Rainbow Walk’ on EverydayHero, heading to chicks.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal to donate online or by texting CHICKSRAINBOW to 70085 to donate £5 or CHICKSRAINBOW to 70450 to set up a regular donation of £2 each month.

Texts to 70085 cost £5 plus your standard message rate. Texts to 70450 cost £2 plus the cost of two standard rate messages.

To find out more about CHICKS Rainbow Walks visit www.chicks.org.uk/rainbow-walk today.

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