Doncaster residents’ onesie walk in aid of Tour de Yorkshire charity

Last year's Tour de Yorkshire.
Last year's Tour de Yorkshire.

Residents with learning difficulties and mental health issues are donning novelty onesis for a sponsored walk to raise money ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire’s visit to Doncaster.

Staff and tenants of Milton Court, a supported living service near Doncaster town centre, will be completing the walk around the Lakeside area on March 2 from 1pm.

The group hopes to raise money in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution - the official charity of the cycle race, which rolls into Doncaster on Saturday, April 30. They also plan to organise bake sales, raffles and sell RNLI pin badges for the charity.

Staff at Creative Support, which manages services at Milton Court, said the aim was to help service users feel included in the event.

Project manager Louisa Martin said: “When the tenants heard the Tour de Yorkshire would be finishing in their home town, many were eager to find ways to become involved.

“It is an important step in the rehabilitation and recovery of the clients we support with mental health needs to feel that they can get involved in the local community, and that their contribution is valued.

“Everyone has been really proactive in thinking about ways they can raise money to join in the celebrations, and this has all been planned by the tenants themselves.”

Service user Charlotte Dancocks said: “It is important for us to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire because many of us have low confidence, which means fundraising will build our confidence up. Also it is about being part of our community. By being part of the celebration it will build our skills for the future.”