A national Christian-backed charity is today launching a nationwide sponsored walk today to make known the aspirations of 1.5 million people in the UK with special learning needs.
The NGO, Prospects, which works with people living with learning disabilities, says the walks will cover 1,000 miles, starting on Wednesday 4 March at the Houses of Parliament in London.
Charity worker Tony Phelps-Jones will be joined along his 20-mile-a-day marathon by people whom the charity supports, their friends and family and others who wish to raise the profile of those often overlooked in society.
Their route will take them via Winchester and Southampton, ending the first ‘leg’ in Bournemouth with a special church service this Sunday.
"We hope MPs, education leaders, journalists, church leaders, businessmen and women and many others will join us for a day and as we walk along together, they will catch something of the aspirations of these people, as well as learning something of their needs and what needs to change for this huge group of people to be able to play a full role in our community life," explained Mr Phelps-Jones.
He added: "It’s really about changing the world one step at a time, and from the interest already shown across the country, we look forward to hundreds of people taking part.”
Other legs of the walk will cover Exeter, Minehead, Swindon, Peterborough, Lincoln, Shrewsbury, Nottingham, Swansea, Newcastle, Glasgow, Coleraine, Canterbury - ending back in London on 8 October 2009.
For full details of ‘Walk With Me’, see: http://www.prospects.org.uk/walkwithme