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Boris backed cyclists to pedal 500km to raise money for Housing for Women and other charities…

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A brand new group of 25 amateur London cyclists are cycling 500km in 4 days, and raise £40,000 for charities across the capital. One of the brave riders is Andrew Richmond who has kindly chosen Housing for Women as his charity of choice and hopes to raise in excess of £1,000.

The London Green Cycling Club, which has already received the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be taking on a dramatic and challenging route including the largest continuous gradient in England as they tackle the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France at the start of their York to London challenge on Thursday 30 July. The riders will finish by taking on the Prudential Ride London 160 km cyclosportive through London and the Surrey hills on 2nd August. The riders’ combined distance will be the equivalent to riding from London to Mumbai.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘The London Green Cycling Club has set quite a challenge. Having ridden in the Prudential Ride London event a couple of years ago, I know how much of a challenge riding 100 miles is. So cycling 200 miles in the three preceding days as well is pretty heroic. I urge you to support them in any way you can as they are raising money for nearly 20 charities big and small.’

The real challenge though is to raise £40,000 for a series of social and environmental causes hand-picked by each of the riders, in addition to Housing for women this includes charities helping people with mental health issues such as Wandsworth & Westminster Mind and the As You are Centre through to charities working to protect the capital’s wildlife such as London Wildlife Trust.

The chair of the London Green Cycling Club, Wayne Hubbard said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support so far for the ride. The response from businesses has been incredible and I would urge other environment businesses in London and beyond to get behind our efforts’

Participating riders are drawn from the Mayor of London’s office; senior policy makers from the Greater London Authority; local councillors; local borough environmental service providers; as well as representatives from national governmental and non-governmental organisations, technology companies and consultancies – all with a shared passion for improving London as a city to live and work in.

Good luck to them all for their mammoth cycle next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to KFH for raising over £25,000 for Housing for Women…

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We would like to say a big thank you to Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward(KFH) for their fantastic support of Housing for Women, most recently with a donation of £25,000 towards our supported projects.

KFH had a huge team of over 70 runners in the London Estate Agents 10k race where we had over 130 estate agency staff in total. As well as doing a fantastic job running, the team managed to collectively raise £12,500 which has then been generously matched by the company to result in a donation of £25,000 towards our work supporting the most vulnerable of women and children in London.

Leading the charge at the 10k run for KFH was Leigh Munday, Sales Manager at its Clapham Common branch, who finished in a time of 50:52. He competed alongside his fellow colleagues, as well as runners from other London estate agencies and employees at Housing for Women.

Lee Watts, Managing Director at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, comments: “We have been working with Housing for Women since early 2014, and took part in the charity run last year raising over £10,000. Many of our staff members got behind the cause, with more than 70 opting to run, and the rest helping to raise funds for their colleagues, as well as through a number of other initiatives, including a cake sale and dress-down Friday at head office.”

“The outcome has been phenomenal, with our staff helping to raise over £12,000, which the company then matched, helping to raise a grand total of £25,000 for Housing for Women.

“Feedback from our team of runners was once again highly positive – they had a great time, and really enjoyed doing their bit for those less fortunate.”

Jakki Moxham, Chief Executive at Housing for Women, said: “This was a fantastic effort and we really appreciate the support from all the KFH runners, their sponsors and from the company who generously matched the funds raised. £25,000 will enable us to make a big difference to the lives of vulnerable woman and their children in London. We really value our relationship with KFH and are extremely grateful for their ongoing support of our work.”

Since KFH started fundraising for Housing for Women they have raised nearly £40,000. We are extremely grateful for this support and look forward to continuing the relationship.

 

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A big thank you to all participants in The London Estate Agents 10k race for HfW

A HUGE thank you to all the property industry staff that took part in the London Estate Agents 10k race in 2015. The race was held in Regents Park on Sunday 7th June and over 130 estate agency staff collectively raised over £32,000!

Please see the photo below to see all of our happy runners. We were able to offer prizes to our top fundraisers to thank them for all their hard work including an annual gym membership, first class train tickets, meals out and tickets to top sporting events. Thank you to all of our sponsors that provided the prizes.

The race will of course be back in 2016, bigger and better! We are keen to get even more estate agencies involved so if you would like to take part or your company would like to enter a team please get in touch with Paul Melbourne, Fundraising Manager on 020 7501 6152 or by e-mail at paul.melbourne@h4w.co.uk

 

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A big thank you to the London Oriana Choir…

choirlogoWe’d like to say a huge thank you to the London Oriana Choir who collected an incredible £580.76 for Housing for Women at their event on Saturday.

On the eve of Mothering Sunday the choir held a special ‘A Mother’s Pride’ performance at St Paul’s Covent Garden after which members of the audience generously donated to the collection for our work. We’d also like to say a big thank you to members of ‘Friends of Housing for Women’ who generously gave their time to organise the collection.

All of these funds will go towards purchasing Breezie tablets which will be used with our elderly tenants, these tablets are specially designed to help the elderly and those less familiar with technology to get online.

Please see the link below to find out more about the Oriana Choir and their upcoming performances:

http://www.londonoriana.com/

 

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