Kevin has, to date, raised a whopping £1,476.25. plus an additional £253 in cash, and still has more to collect.
The facts: Time 4hr : 46: 40, and he finished 17,919 out of 25,870 runners and 671st for his age category
Did he enjoy it?"Yes, especially the first half, I ran in 2hrs 10. The last few miles were very hard, and seemed to take forever".
Would he do it again?"NO! Although to be part of such an iconic event was amazing, it’s a huge commitment to train for long distance running, and I am not really built for it. I had to have my right knee strapped up for every long run over 12 miles and had to have a support on the other knee, but, I can recommend a brilliant sports Physio and an excellent personal trainer, without them I would not have managed it at all."
Kevin added:"At one point I was running alongside a person dressed as a bottle of beer, something I had given up for quite a while. Just before half distance, I heard a shout behind me “coming through” I thought that’s a bit cheeky, until I realised that it was a man bouncing not one, but 2 Basket Balls. I later learned that he completed it an amazing time of 4hrs 10. I finished about a half a mile ahead of Chris Evans, and crossed the line just behind a mountain of a man, Keith Senior, Rugby League player. I shook his hand and said “well done Keith, what do you reckon about that then” in a broad Yorkshire accent he replied, with expletives, that he will never be doing it again!"
Volunteer Open Evening
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
In May we held a Volunteers’ Open Evening where the staff and trustees thanked the volunteers for all their hard work and it was also a great opportunity for everyone to meet and put a face to the name.
After an introduction by Deb Parker (CEO), Simon Smith (Financial Director) thanked volunteers, trustees and staff for the dedicated support that BYHP has been given throughout the past year.
A lovely social evening then followed where ideas and thoughts were shared and refreshments were provided by BYHP’s On a Roll. All in all an enjoyable time was had by everyone.
BYHP relies on a team of volunteers to help run the organisation and they are worth their weight in gold. With their varying levels of expertise they regularly and loyally give up their time to assist staff and the young people.
We have Russell, Chris, Emma, Ian, Graham, Tina and Veronika helping Aida with Unlocking Potential.
Linda & Ginette are supported with administration tasks by John & Michael.
Our Wellbeing Project, which has a weekly Peer Support Group has a rota consisting of Sarah, Karen, Ginette and Pheona.
Alison and Lynn help us with outside fundraising events with Kevin and Ivan running marathons and climbing mountains!
Last, but certainly not least, Alison, who without fail, provides delicious hot food for our young people every Monday.
The Giving Machine
We are now registered on The Giving Machine as a Charity. If you are an internet shopper, please go to their website - www.thegivingmachine.co.uk- and register. You can make 100% of your donation to BYHP. The money is raised via commision which earns money for us and doesn’t cost you a penny!.
Let’s see how much we can raise this month from the comfort of our armchairs
UK 4 Peaks Challenge 12th - 14th June 2015
Ivan Walsh, the son of our very own Aida Walsh (Unlocking Potential), recently completed the 4 peaks challenge in support of BYHP.
Ivan, along with colleagues from the Bibby Line Group took part in a two day trek to summit the four highest peaks of the Lake District - Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw.
Unlocking Potential at Work
"Aaron came to me after undertaking the BYHP Unlocking Potential course to do some work experience. Initially it was just for a few weeks but it became clear to me that he had a lot of potential as a designer and as a website developer. At the end of the six week period I offered him a part-time job added to which BYHP liaised with HIT training to organise an apprenticeship in Customer care.
I run a small graphic design business - most of my personnel support comes from outsourcing via freelancers so employment was new to me, but Aaron has become a vital part of my day-to-day running of the business. He is still developing his ideas and skills but I have come to rely on him being here and am incredibly pleased (both for him and me!) and impressed with the progress he has made. Before working with me, he had not been in continuous employment since leaving school at 16. He is now 22.
Without BYHP I would never have found Aaron. And without Aaron I would struggle to run the business as efficiently as I now can. And, I guess, it is likely that without the opportunity provided by BYHP and myself, Aaron would still be on benefits and unemployed."
Through the kind generosity of Waitrose in Brackley, and their customers, BYHP was presented with a cheque for £461 through the ‘Community Matters box’ project. At the end of their shop customers receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between 3 local good causes that are chosen by the customers. BYHP are very grateful to have beeen one of the chosen charities.
BYHP work with young and vulnerable people who are either homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of being homeless. They also provide training through their ‘Unlocking Potential Programme’ to assist young people gain employment. As BYHP is a charity it relies heavily on the good will of the community and local businesses. The support is very much appreciated.
Morrison's Bucket Collection
We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Morrisons in Banbury, and their customers, for their interest and generosity during our bucket collection earlier this month. We raised £286.91, which will assist our work with young and vulnerable people who are either homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of being homeless. We also provide training through our ‘Unlocking potential programme’ to assist young people gain employment. Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated.
13th - 15th August - Fairport's Cropredy Convention:
Do come and see us this year at Fairport's Cropredy Convention where we are raffeling a viola signed by all the main convention artists. Tickets are just £1.00.
We are also selling home made cakes & sweets for the children, plus there will be a tombola! It promises to be a fantastic festival weekend.
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6th Sept - BYHP's BIG LUNCH:
BYHP have asked Visit Banbury, the Banbury Community Action Group and Kris Reeder to help us put on a Big Lunch event for our young people, friends, volunteers, stakeholders and neighbours. Many thanks go to the Banbury Town Council for their generous contribution towards this event.
Not sure what the Big Lunch is all about? It is a simple idea set up by The Eden Project in 2009 to encourage communities to come together to share lunch.
We felt it would be a wonderful way to bring together a lot of people who are important to BYHP's work, to celebrate what we all achieve together and to maybe explain to our neighbours what we do here in the heart of their community. What you need to do is very simple - firstly please RSVP by 26/7 to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of adults and children who will be attending. Then on the day, simply bring some food and non-alcoholic drink with you to share with other attendees and if you have fold up / camping-type chairs bring them too please and come and join in the fun! There will be a range of food for all dietary requirements and lots of tasty treats. We’ll have live music, creative arts, games, activities, a big raffle and lots of fun, so please RSVP and come along and join all of us at BYHP at our Big Lunch 2015!
Run The Gauntlet Saturday 5th September 2015
Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire
Sherri Manley, BYHP's On A Roll catering & support work co-ordinator, has entered Run The Gauntlet to raise funds for BYHP. Sherri will be taking part in the 5k race. Running up and down muddy hills, climbing over straw bails and wading through bogs while bumping into Gladiators are all things she should expect to experience at the Gauntlet Games.
The 5k route includes all 15 – 20 Gladiator Zones.
Here is a selection of some of the obstacles they have in store for Sherri.
The Joust Pit, Inflate 'A' Balls, Gladihator, Maze-Balls, Spagetti Gunktion, Flume of Doom, Bog Trotter, Stop!Hammer Time and many more.
They all sound slightly terifying!
Good Luck Sherri - If you would like to sponsor Sherri for this event please go to her Local Giving page by clicking here
New Job Post
Head Of Business
We are seeking a dynamic Head of Business who will work with the Board to lead on the delivery of our stragtegic objectives and business planning and ensure our vision and mission are upheld. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who can demonstrate business leadership, people management and negotiation skills.
This position offers the right candidate a fantastic opportuity to work within a small and close-knit team of talented individuals dedicated to improving the lives of young people.
Accountable to: The Board of Trustees
Contract: 1 year minimum contract with 3 month probationary period
Holiday: 25 days plus bank holidays
Salary: Up to £35,000
To apply please send your curriculum vitae, including current salary, notice period and covering letter to evidence your experience and skills for the role.
Applications to be sent;
By email via Charity Jobs Website to Linda Slide
Plus, 3 paper copies marked Strictly Private & Confidential to Linda Slide, 2 Chandos Close, Banbury, OX16 4TL
Initial interviews will be held in Banbury the week commencing 7 September 2015.
BYHP requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
A job description can be downloaded from the charity jobs website.
Meet The Team
For 25 years Tina worked in education, 19 of which in the Further Education Sector, as a Teacher/ Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Teacher Trainer, and Programme Manager. An enthusiastic cook and foodie, she set up and ran a small part-time catering venture from home until her husband’s retirement.
Her first involvement in local community projects began six years ago, and she has since become involved in other local initiatives.
Tina feels that it is her way of giving something back, and that her wide range of experience and skills might be put to good use at BYHP.
She joined the organisation as a volunteer in April 2015. She’s passionate about music, the theatre, and travel.
Ginette is delighted to be able to join the team.
For the last 13 years she has worked in schools in different roles; from Assistant House Matron to T.A. Co-ordinator. After a bout of ill health last year Ginette decided to resign, as she felt ready for a change and wanted to reduce her hours. Ginette wanted to be involved in helping people without homes since her university days in Glasgow, when homelessness first pulled at my heartstrings.
BYHP has been at the back of my mind for several years and I am really pleased that I have now finally become involved.
I have been married to Tim for 25 years and we have two sons; Michael aged 22, who has just finished his engineering degree and Oli aged 20 who is in the middle of his Art and Cultural studies degree.
A big Thank You must go to:-
Kevin Stanton & Ivan Walsh
For their spectacular fundraising efforts!
Morrisons for supporting our Bucket Collection & Waitrose for making BYHP one of their Community Matters charities.
BYHP (Banbury Young Homelessness Project) is a limited company registered in England and Wales Company Number 5722118 Registered Charity number 1115514. Our registered office is: 2 Chandos Close, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 4TL