Housing Hartlepool team runs Race for Life
Issued on behalf of and with the approval of Housing Hartlepool
Contact Andrew Smith 01325 363436.
Hartlepool’s largest landlord will be fielding a team of more than 50 women when the Race for Life runs into town on June 17.
Housing Hartlepool, which owns and manages 7,000 properties in the borough, has provided t-shirts and paid the entry fees for 52 entrants in this year’s event, which aims to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The 32 staff runners, including Housing Hartlepool chief executive Catherine Purdy, will be joined by board members, friends, relatives and tenants in the five kilometre run, which starts at the quayside and heads out along the promenade.
The Housing Hartlepool team will join a total of 1,500 entrants from Hartlepool and further afield in this major event to boost Race for Life.
Organiser of the Housing Hartlepool effort, Sam Vasey, assistant in the Tenancy and Enforcement Team, said: “I took part in my first Race For Life last year at Durham with a friend and have great memories of that day so I had every intention of participating this year.
“Last year I ran in celebration of my dad’s life and in memory of my late granddad and will be doing the same this year. I know this race is personal to a lot of the participants and I am sure it will bring back lots of good and sad memories on the day.
“Housing Hartlepool has paid each person’s £10 registration fee, which only covers the cost of entry to the event, so every penny of sponsorship money really counts. If all 52 Housing Hartlepool participants raised just £50 each, then as a team we would be raising a grand total of £2,600. The national fundraising target for this year is an amazing £60million for Cancer Research UK.”
Catherine Purdy, chief executive of Housing Hartlepool, said: “We had no hesitation in supporting Sam when she suggested entering a Housing Hartlepool team in the Race for Life. Almost every employee and every tenant is affected by cancer at some time during their lives, if not personally then through a relative or close friend.
“It is very rewarding to be able to help raise funds for research in this way. The company and staff give their support to various charities and we are a member of the guild of patrons of Hartlepool Hospice. The boys in the organisation will also be doing their bit later in the year by entering the annual raft race. ”
Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
The housing service is provided from three neighbourhood-based offices.
Since its formation it is continuing its promise to invest over £100million in its housing stock.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
Members of the Housing Hartlepool team line up before a training session for the Race for Life, in aid of cancer research.