A team from Manchester City Council’s Rough Sleeper team will be donning lycra and running shoes to tackle the Manchester Half Marathon this October to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts.
And the challenge now is to get more people to join them.
Running to raise funds for Big Change Manchester, staff from Greater Manchester Police and voluntary sector organisations have already committed to join the team on their challenge to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
Laura Stevenson, Head of the council’s Rough Sleeper Team who came up with the idea to run the Half Marathon for the charity said: “We are inspired by the work and commitment of people who work across the city to help some of the most vulnerable people on the streets. We wanted to do something that would bring together a community with a common aim to raise awareness of homelessness and rough sleeping and most importantly raise money for the Big Change Fund. We are committed to doing the run and would like as many people as possible to join us. Anyone who doesn’t run can sponsor someone who is running or just donate to Big Change.”
The aim is to recruit at least 100 runners, 40 people have already signed up, each raising at least £100 for Big Change to reach a target of £10,000.
Big Change uses donations to get people who are sleeping rough into housing, giving them help when they need it to build new lives off the streets. There isn’t a lengthy application process so that those who need money urgently can get it quickly through accredited members of homeless organisations in the city.
Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council said: “We have truly dedicated staff working to change the lives of rough sleepers every day and I am not surprised that they are going above and beyond the call of duty to raise money for Big Change. I know that the generosity of people and organisations will ensure that they meet their target for this very worthy cause. And the end result is that the money raised will have a positive and direct impact on the people who are on the streets and who need help to move on with their life.”
If you would like to run the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday 14 October for the Big Change as your chosen charity visit bit.ly/bigchangerun
If you don’t want to run and want to donate money by giving differently, visit https://www.justgiving.com/
Follow the conversation on twitter #BigChangeRun.