Six property professionals have raised more than £3,000 for Safe and Sound Homes (SASH), a York-based charity that helps prevent youth homelessness in the City, by completing the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon’s Corporate Relay.
Sam Simpson, Gavin Jones, Gavin Douglas, Neil Creeney, Phil Hill and Richard Smith, who all work for leading York based development company S Harrison, completed the race in 3 hours and 40 minutes, finishing in 21st position. There were a total of 84 relay teams who took part.
Gavin Jones from S Harrison said: “We first partnered with SASH last year when we started working on a major project on Lawrence Street in York, and since then have donated both time and money to the charity.
“They do a superb job helping to prevent young people aged between 16 and 25 years old from becoming homeless, by offering them a safe place to stay in the home of a volunteer.
“None of us are particularly keen runners, but we were keen to take on the challenge, and thought it would be the best way to raise an impressive amount of money for SASH, which makes a real difference to young people when they need it most.
“We were very lucky with the weather conditions on the day, and it was great to see so many spectators along the route who turned out in force to cheer people on. It was a terrific event to take part in and we would like to thank all of our friends, families, colleagues, clients and contractors who helped us to smash our fundraising target.”
SASH works with Local Authorities and other agencies to enable young people to get the advice and support they need to move onto successful and sustainable independent living.
Ruth Fawcett, business development manager at SASH, said: “We can’t thank S Harrison enough for their ongoing support and this most-recent fund-raising initiative which will really help us to keep on delivering the vital services we provide to some of the City’s most vulnerable young people.”