Posted by: Caroline Thorpe16/02/2010
Why run for Hact? That was the question put to me this weekend by the charity’s fund raising guru Laura Conrad. Here is my answer:
I have come across and written about Hact’s work many times during my four years at Inside Housing. What sticks in my mind is the huge scope of work the charity undertakes, the massive difference it can make to individuals’ lives and the quality of the research it carries out on behalf of vulnerable people whose situations might otherwise go ignored both by government and other voluntary groups. What stands out the most though are the people who use Hact’s services; often their stories are at once heartbreaking and inspirational and Hact’s existence has enabled them to begin to fulfil their considerable talents, hopes and dreams. The most amazing thing is how unsung Hact’s work seems to be. This is a charity which makes a significant difference, yet I’d bet most members of the public have never heard of it. As well as raising a good wodge of cash for Hact, I hope Hact’s marathon runners will help raise the profile of a very worthy cause.
For those of you asking ‘why should I donate to Hact (by clicking here)?’ my answer is simple: see above for details.
(You might also like to check out Bouncing Back, which tells the story of Nadine Tunasi who took part in Hact’s Reach In project which helps refugees get into work. Since the article was published Nadine has landed a job with Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.)
Leonie’s run rate
Miles since 1 Jan: 101
Number of men seen riding penny farthing along canal tow path while out running: 1
Caroline’s run rate
Miles since 1 Jan: 126
Appetite increase: massive
From Home run
Tracking the progress of Inside Housing staff and others running the London Marathon for the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust