A team of budding runners took on Brighton’s half marathon on Sunday to raise money for Brighton Housing Trust’s (BHT’s) services.
BHT delivers a range of diverse services to support people with complex needs to move away from homelessness and live healthy, independent lives.
Team BHT comprised ex-service users, supporters, staff and board members, all of whom have put in the training hours to ensure they were fit to take on the challenge. Peter Hutt, a former BHT staff member and ex-client of BHT services, who has raised over £1,000 in sponsorship money for BHT explained why he had chosen to raise funds for the charity
Peter said “BHT believed in me when I had lost all hope. I ran to give something back, knowing that the money raised will help vulnerable people in the community, who, with BHT’s support, can go on to achieve great things.
“I’ve never run any distance before, so at 53 years old that was really hard, but nowhere near as tough as living on the streets of our city. My running time was 2:08:45. Not bad for a first timer.”
Daniel O’Connell, Head of Human Resources & Learning and Development, said: “This challenge was taken to support BHT’s wellbeing work culture and the different challenges employees undertake for their physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as supporting our amazing staff and volunteers at our homeless day centre, First Base. Their work is key to Peter’s success story.”
Donations can still be made on Peter Hutt’s JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-hutt