The Baton Of Hope Is Coming!


The Baton of Hope is coming! 

Baton of Hope are organising the UK’s biggest ever suicide prevention initiative, starting conversations and prompting actions. The event will be taking place on Tuesday 4th July. Please find the details below:

8:00-8:30 | MK Rose, Campbell Park
The first stop of the day will be a ceremony at Milton Keynes Rose in partnership with Samaritans. The day will start with some creative poetry, delivered by Paul Chambers, co-founder and COO of the creative mental health charity, Poetsin. 

10:00-10:30 | Ride High Children’s Activity
There will be a procession on horseback around the grounds of Ride High with a selected group of children and young people who are members of the charity taking part. 

11:00-11:45| 5asideCHESS, Furzton Lake
The 5asideCHESS Bus will prepare to escort The Baton on its journey from Furzton Lake to StadiumMK. Come for a chat or a quick game of Chess before we set off. 

12:00-12:30 | MK Dons Stadium
Come meet a range of local services and see the baton exchanged pitch side at the Stadium. Mike McCarthy, co-founder of the Baton of Hope will say a few words alongside CNWL and Blue Light services. 

14:00 – 14:15 | Red Bull Technology Campus
A special stop at Oracle Red Bull Racing where The Baton will be handed over escorted by a Forumla One Car through the campus to its next bearer of the day. Public support will be welcome. 

16:00 – 17:00 | Tree Cathedral
Harry’s Rainbow will welcome The Baton at the Tree Cathedral and be working with our young people to create messages of hope. We will have some music provided by the wonderful Alina Orchestra. 

17:30 – CLOSE | Peace Pagoda
The Baton will end its journey at the Peace Pagoda where the Scouts will welcome us in with a Guard of Honour where Mind BLMK and CHUMS will be available ot talk to anyone about the support they provide for those bereaved by suicide. We will end the day with some music on the Peace Pagoda stage and some final words from co-found Mike McCarthy. 

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