Buckinghamshire High Sheriff rides into town
PUBLISHED: 14:17 15 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:17 15 May 2014
Buckinghamshire's Joe Barclay visiting charities and voluntary groups
The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Joe Barclay set off on his bicycle from Chesham Town Hall this week riding from the south to the north of the county, in a bid to raise awareness and funds to support the work of the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Community Foundations.
On his way Joe will be visiting a number of charities and local voluntary groups who benefit from much needed funds provided by the Community Foundations.
On Monday, 19 May Joe will commence the Milton Keynes leg of his journey, starting at The Cross Links Centre on the Lakes Estate. Over the last ten years Cross Links has expanded from providing a community drop in centre to offering social activities for a number of groups. These include provision to the elderly, disabled and needy and vulnerable young people with special needs.
Joe says: “I am thrilled to be supporting the work of Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Foundations and visiting some of the marvellous community groups and organisations that are the life blood of our communities. They are in constant need of all our support and I hope to raise over £20K along the way to help with the Community Foundations’ continued support.”
Julia Upton, Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation adds: “There are many volunteers working hard to make a difference and their contribution is vital to the well-being of our communities. The aim is to reach a wider audience and attract the support these communities need to benefit local people. We are raising funds for charities in MK and Bucks with all donations being equally shared between the two areas.”
Other charities to be visited in the city include the MK MS Therapy Centre and The Bicycle Project on Monday, 19 May. The MK Arts Centre, Brooklands Lunch Club and The Newport Pagnell Historical Society and Museum are on the list for Tuesday, 20 May, culminating at the MK Community Foundation Summer Reception at Chicheley Hall on Tuesday evening where he will ride in triumphantly.
If you are interested in helping to spur Joe on by making a donation, go to localgiving.com/highsheriffscharityride.
Donations will be matched by an initiative called Community First, these being funds the Community Foundations secured from the government to encourage philanthropic giving. For every £2 donated £1 will be added plus Gift Aid, so a donation of £10 becomes £17.50.