Making Every Step Count. Stay Brave launches annual Walking Brave fundraiser.
Established in 2014, Stay Brave has been working to provide a voice for under-served survivors of intimate abuse, while working to erase the unique barriers they face when seeking help.
Launching their annual fundraising challenge – Walking Brave, Stay Brave hope to amplify the voice of male and LGBTQ+ survivors of abuse – and work with frontline service providers to change the way these under-served victims are able to access services and support.
Normally, Walking Brave is a rallying cry for our community to come together to support victims in a walk across the capital, but due to coronavirus, this year’s event will return as a virtual challenge being undertaken by individuals and groups across the country. By participants walking 10 miles between September 28th and October 1st – it is hoped that Stay Brave will be able to raise the vital funds they need in order to help affect positive policy change for survivors of abuse.
Thousands of people in the UK each year are victims of sexual assault, rape and domestic abuse. Each day after, the pain continues as they carry damaging memories and struggle to find the right help and support they need.
Every year, the stay brave community comes together to take on a challenge that makes every step count in the aim of breaking down the barriers that survivors face when seeking help and reporting abuse. The 10 mile Walking Brave challenge can be completed in one day,or across the week long event and is the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of abuse survivors from under-served communities and help raise vital funds to help stay brave achieve their mission.
The walk symbolises the journey survivors take when taking those first steps towards a better future. Just like this walk, asking for help may seem easy until you're having to set off. Everyone who signs up to take part, and raises a minimum contribution of £15 will receive a FREE walking brave t-shirt.
Lead by a team of passionate volunteers, across the UK, participants will be taking part in the 10-mile challenge and would love to hear from other survivors and supporters who may want to take on the challenge. Knowing that survivors can find strength and healing in telling their stories to others – Stay Brave are able to position the insight and inspiration we gain from survivors to save lives. We also work as part of the Men and Boys Coalition and Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse.
Alex Morgan, Founder of Stay Brave said: “Seeking help can be daunting for victims of intimate abuse, and I know first-hand what it can be like to be turned away from the support we desperately need when we eventually build up the courage to report our abusers. Walking brave helps gives a voice to survivors who have been unable to seek the help they need and gain the respect they deserve based on the current provision of a number of frontline service providers. We hope that those taking on the walking brave challenge will help to raise the profile of the work we do to give those survivors a voice."
Those wishing to take part in the event can view the information pack and sign up form on the website: www.staybrave.org.uk/walkingbrave