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the midnight moo

The MK Midnight Moo Charity

K International takes its corporate social responsibility seriously. We believe all business has an inherent responsibility to its staff, its partners, the environment and the community that goes way beyond the creation and sustainability of profits.

We support as many charities as we can. We run for cancer research, we make cakes and sell them for the British Red Cross, we provide free design for a local youth charity and we support local charities.

Last week, Phillipa Trimnell, one of the K International completed the MK Midnight Moo for Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes.

Here is her story:

“It is midnight on a Saturday and most people are either out having a good time or tucked up nice and warm in bed.

Instead of being one of those sensible people, I decided, along with over 1700 other women, to walk 10 miles around Milton Keynes to raise money for Willen Hospice. The name of the walk was the ‘Midnight Moo’, so of course grass green t-shirts, with the face of a cow on the front and back, were compulsory – a great fashion statement for all involved.

We all started off in high spirits from Midsummer Place with lots of people cheering us on and a great party atmosphere. The first 6 miles were relatively easy, and chewing the cud with some nice carrot cake to fortify us at the re-registering point, we trotted on. Every couple of minutes or so, the marshals and other members of the public (and a team of firemen, which definitely cheered up a lot of the ‘herd’!) were out supporting us and cheering us on, which kept us going.

As this was a walk in Milton Keynes, walking past the concrete cows was a must, and quite a ‘moo-vellous’ sight, all lit up in the dark. The last two miles were the worst; our hooves were rather sore, especially as it was mostly up-hill. However, as soon as we saw the blue lights of Midsummer Place we were able to give it one last push and made it in 3 hours and 32 minutes – a very respectful time – and I also managed to beat my target of raising £150 for such a great charity and aim now aiming for £200.

A big thank you to everyone who supported me.”

The K Team

We did it. The Swanbourne Endeavour 2014.

We did it… we all ran the Swanbourne Endeavour. Happy to report that there were no serious injuries. The cuts and bruises are starting to disappear but we hope the cash and awareness we raised for the 5 charities lasts a lot longer.

We were 20 people of the 600 who took part. Shout out to star performers Ben who came in 3rd and Dave who was 14th with times of 1h 03mins and 1h 13mins respectively. Truly amazing how they managed to get around so quickly. Well done guys.

Special thanks go to Sam who organised the event and training. And Sheree who organised the fund raising last week. We exceeded our target of cash raised with £900 going to local charities and over a $1000 for Translators Without Borders.

Remember you can still donate up until the 31st of October, although we reached our goal, help us to smash it! As Translators without Borders are based in the USA, we are using Razoo to collect donations in US dollars.  Click the big razoo button and pledge cash in aid of a great cause >>>

Online fundraising for The K Team take on the Swanbourne Endeavour

I’ve put some choice photos below. I hope you get a sense of how difficult the ‘run’ is and how much fun we had (click on an image to open the lightbox).

Will start training again for next year soon 🙂

Thank you everyone who sponsored us. I know all the charities personally and know that the ££/$$ will go a long way and provide help to people who need it.

The Charities

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

A national charity helping and supporting those who currently serve in the British Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and the families of both. The donation went to the Aylesbury Vale North arm of the charity.

The Royal British Legion

They provided welfare to the Armed Services, including ex-Servicemen and women, those currently serving, and their dependents. The donation went to the local Winslow branch.

The Bucks Service Charities

A group of several charities, providing support to Territorial Army soldiers and their families within Buckinghamshire.

Medical Detection Dogs

Their aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human diseases such as diabetes.

Translators Without Borders

Supporting humanitarian work around the world by providing translation for free.