A homelessness charity which runs projects in Bristol and Bath is calling for volunteers to fundraise for them by running in the 2011 Bath Half Marathon. St Mungo’s manages the Compass Centre in Bristol, providing access to accommodation, healthcare, skills and training opportunities for homeless and vulnerable people, and Mulberry House in Weston, Bath which offers supported accommodation for 13 people with mental health issues.
Places for the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 6 March 2011 have now sold out but the charity still has room for volunteers who want to get fit and raise money to help support homeless people.
The Bath Half, now in its 30th year, is one of the UK’s most popular city-centre road-running events and is suitable for novices and regular, competitive runners. The flat 13.1 mile course makes the race ideal as a first long distance event for newcomers whilst offering seasoned runners a fast course for achieving record times. In return for a much sought after place in the event, a St Mungo’s running vest, fundraising pack and full support from the charity’s fundraising team, runners are asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £200 for St Mungo’s.
Kathryn Lacy, regional fundraising coordinator for St Mungo’s says:
“The Bath Half is a great opportunity for people to get fit in the New Year and raise vital funds to help St Mungo’s support homeless and vulnerable people.
“Every step runners take will help us support people on their personal recovery journey. We work with people tackling housing, health and skills problems and with those at risk of homelessness. Our outreach teams helped more than 500 people off the streets last year, while our Skills and Employment service supported 1,005 people in finding employment, training, further education and taking up a range of other activities.”