On 6th October, 12 PEI team members will be tackling the Royal Parks Foundation Half-Marathon in London. The team are a mixed bunch, with experienced marathon runners hoping for a personal best, right down to complete beginners. But we are all doing the run for one reason: to raise money for UK¹s largest housing advice charity, Shelter.
As Britain¹s housing shortage intensifies, Shelter¹s work arguably matters more than ever. As of last Christmas, Britain had 82,000 homeless children and many more adults. To prevent this number from rising further, Shelter¹s mission is to provide actionable advice to anyone facing the possibility of losing their homes, before the worst comes to worst.
The charity runs a sophisticated housing information service online, and offers face-to-face consultation across the UK. It also lobbies the government and local authorities to help drive legislative improvement and boost investment in the country¹s insufficient housing stock, and to improve the lives of those that are housed badly or not at all, with potentially devastating effects.
Shelter¹s cri de guerre is that homelessness can easily happen to anyone; all it may take is an unforeseen change in financial circumstance, and when it occurs, those affected need effective support straight away.
Having suffered a cut of its statutory funding at the hands of the government recently, Shelter now relies even more on donations than it did in the past, and Team PEI is proud to support.
You can help us achieve our fundraising goal by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/PEIMedia.
Any support you can lend will be appreciated enormously.