Homelessness has more than doubled across the UK since 2010, and in Bath’s most deprived areas, as many as one third of children are living in poverty. Faced with such shocking realities, our super-fit London marathoners have decided to take part in the biggest running event of the year this month; raising money to support the work we do and the people we help.
Abi, 20, who has previously completed the Bath Half and Great Welsh Half, has been “heart-broken” by the sight of the growing number of rough sleepers over the past year. Encouraged by the services we provide via our Soup Run project she has held a raffle and karaoke night to raise funds. “Even though the training runs are hard, I know that life is harder for people who don’t have a home, and helping them makes it all worthwhile.”
Tom, 50, will be running the London Marathon for us for the second time and has been training all over Bath, despite the harsh winter elements. “At the end of my runs I can go home to a hot shower, dry clothes and a loving family, unlike many of the people who come to Genesis. Knowing that my efforts will directly help homeless people get back on their feet is what keeps me going and what got me through the race last time”.
Last but not least, Tim, 56, CEO of Palladian Academy Trust, will be ditching the text books and hitting the road for us once again, hoping to beat his previous race time and fundraising amount. “I am proud to be running the London Marathon again for such a worthy cause. Like many, I was especially moved during the recent cold weather to think of the suffering of very vulnerable people.”
We couldn’t be more grateful for the efforts of our runners, who with a lot of leg-power will be making a huge difference to the lives of people in need in Bath.
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