PRESIDENT'S CHARITY MESSAGE- CHELTENHAM HALF MARATHON!
I'M RUNNING A HALF MARATHON.... EEEEEK!
For those of you who know me, you'll know I am not a runner. I don't enjoy running and I am incredibly injury prone (2 knee surgeries in the last 5 years), so this should be fun! However, in May 2023 I became the President of the Insurance Institute of Cheltenham and Gloucester. As part of this role, I will be raising money for Caring for Communities and People (CCP).
I am therefore running the Cheltenham half marathon on 3rd September (which happens to be my birthday). This is completely bonkers and well outside of my comfort zone, but I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday than doing something I never thought I would be able to do, whilst raising money for a fantastic charity, that means so much to me in the process!
Now is a more prevalent time than ever to support a charity like CCP and I will be raising awareness, taking part in various fundraising activities and volunteering for this charity throughout my year(s) as President of the Insurance Institute of Cheltenham and Gloucester.
CCP is a fantastic charity, whose objectives are to prevent the causes and reduce the effects of homelessness, family breakdown and exclusion. From their hamper scamper appeal, which organises Christmas presents for children who would not otherwise receive them, to their pantry project. An alternative to traditional food banks, where members can choose from healthy and fresh food and essential household items to the value of approximately £15, for £3.50 a week. By visiting the Pantry each week, the CCP support workers can develop a relationship with the clients and signpost them to other services that can provide debt advice, housing advice, mental health, and family support. This is just a small number of initiatives that CCP offer, more information can be found at Caring for Communities and People (ccp.org.uk)
Everyone deserves a full belly each night and every child deserves a present to open on Christmas morning, this wouldn't be possible for many people without the help of CCP. When there is family breakdown, effects of the rising cost of living putting families and young people at risk of homelessness and poor living conditions, CCP step in with their wonderful services and support.
This charity, and the causes it supports hold a very special place in my heart so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me in raising money to support CCP in growing their reach across Cheltenham, Gloucester and the South West and improving the lives of so many people.