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Council officer to walk 230 miles to London raising money for Ukrainian people relocating to Manchester

Council officer Paul Rosenthal is walking from Manchester to London to raise money for the Manchester Ukraine Welcome Fund.

For the past 15 years, Paul has been a Passenger Assistant in the Home to School Transport Department at the Council, organising transport for children and young adults with a wide range of needs from learning and physical disabilities to behavioural issues.

Paul’s route:

  • Paul’s walk starts on Saturday 2 April at 9am from St Peter’s Square
  • 81 miles to Birmingham via a route following the A34
  • Then full length of the Grand Union Ship Canal (137miles) from Birmingham to Brentford Lock / River Thames.
  • Before walking along the Thames and across Tower Bridge, finishing the walk at Buckingham Palace.
  •  In total the walk will be approximately 230miles in 12 days – or 20 miles per day.

Previously Paul walked 100miles coast to coast along Hadrian’s wall to raise money for Manchester City Council’s Heathfield Resource Centre and Francis House in memory of a service user the Council transported who passed away with Covid.

Paul, of Blackley, north Manchester, said:

“Perhaps it’s a midlife crisis! This will be a huge challenge, but I couldn’t sit by and do nothing when I can see people in Ukraine who have had their whole lives upended. I’ve done big walks for charity in the past, so if I can raise a bit of money that could help even a handful of people then it’s worth it.

“My target is to raise £500 that will go straight into the MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund – but it would be great to smash that target and raise as much as possible. Doesn’t have to be a huge amount, but if you can give a couple of quid, it all goes to help people arriving in Manchester who have lost everything.

“Thanks for your support.”


MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund 

Manchester City Council has recently launched the MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund, which will fund charities and voluntary sector groups providing assistance – such as small grants for essential items, and advice – to families and individuals relocating to the city.

It will be run by the We Love Manchester charity (the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s charity) in partnership with Manchester City Council and every penny raised will be spent locally in the city and go towards supporting Ukrainian evacuees in Manchester. The Council have kicked off the fund with a donation of £50,000.

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