Solihull Chief Executive Nick Page is getting active to raise money for Solihull’s children in care and care leavers.
Nick has pledged to take part in six challenges over the course of three days. The first of the challenges will take place on Tuesday 19 September when Nick will attempt to pull a fire engine along Solihull High Street. This event has been organised with the support of West Midlands Fire Service and generous donations by local businesses and partners.
Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills said:
“Solihull Council takes its responsibility for the children in our care very seriously; councillors and officers want to give them the best start in life possible. Last year we raised over £1,000 to give them the kind of experiences other children take for granted. Our Chief Executive’s enthusiastic fundraising will build on this excellent work and we wish him all the best in his challenge.”
The money raised will go towards providing fun and engaging events for Solihull’s looked after children and young people, such as go karting, bowling and meals out.
Nick’s full itinerary includes:
Tuesday 19 September
Fire engine pull 2pm
Wednesday 20 September
A 10 mile cycle ride around Shirley/Hillfield starting at the Council House 3:30pm-6pm
A 45 minute Nordic Walking session in Hillfield Park 5pm
A Bollywood Dancing class at St Martin's School 7pm-8pm
Thursday 21 September
A 20 mile cycle ride around North Solihull starting at the Council House 9.30am
An hour long volunteer led walk around Babbs Mill area 10.30am-11.30am
The public can donate by sending a cheque payable to SMBC and addressed to Chief Executive’s Office, Council House, Manor Square, B91 3QB. There will also be a street collection during the fire engine pull.
All money raised will be managed by Our Voice, Our Services (OVOS), Solihull’s children in care council who will plan events for next year.
OVOS is made up of children and young people aged 8 – 25 who meet regularly with professionals to ensure children in care have a voice in decisions about the design and delivery of services that affect them. They also organise activities and events for them to meet other children and young people in care, have fun, learn new skills and celebrate achievements.
Find out more about OVOS here.