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MU buses its way to a higher profile

03 August 2012

AT THE AGE of six, Prince Charles decided that he would rather go by bus ("There is nothing nicer in the world") than travel abroad on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Whether this holds true in 2012 will be put to the test next Thursday, when eight members of the Mothers' Union (MU) cross the country in a bus-hopping relay of 1000 miles.

In a bid to raise awareness of the organisation's work, the eight women will share the seven-day journey between them, while other members will be joining at points along the route. Margaret Beringer will board at Land's End at 7 a.m. on Thursday, and Hilary Moran and Lindie Brown Lies will disembark at John O'Groats on the following Wednesday.

A larger number of MU members will get on the bus as it passes through their communities. Jeanette Appleton (above), who will join the relay at Exeter, said that there was a need to change people's perceptions of the MU, which operates in 84 countries.

"There is a traditional view that we just pour tea at church," she said "In reality, we are out there doing relief work, literacy work, and supporting people through all sorts of situations."

This includes family days run in UK prisons, literacy and financial-education programmes in the Sudan, soup kitchens worldwide, and parenting programmes.

She hopes that the relay will raise awareness of campaigns, including Bye Buy Childhood, an initiative to to tackle the "commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood".


Details of the journey are available at: www.mothersuniononthemove.org


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