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Staff run to fund a night time university

Posted on 06 March 2018

More than 50 of our staff pounded the streets of London in the Vitality Big Half marathon alongside race winner Sir Mo Farah, Callum Hawkins and residents from the Bermondsey Spa estate in Southwark.

In partnership with the Salmon Youth Centre, we aim to raise £15,000 to fund an innovative night time university this summer aimed at local young people. This fantastic initiative will deliver educational, creative and sporting activities when young people most need them - between 6-10pm each evening.

Following last year’s successful pilot in Brent, this project will deliver positive activities over the summer months when there can be a rise in youth related crime and violence; and a lack of things to do and places to go. It is a great way of engaging young people and will open up progression routes to wider employment, education and training opportunities.

Salmon Youth Centre welcomes around 500 young people every week, and work with a wide range of young people many of whom are disadvantaged and lack opportunity. They build long-term relationships with young people through regular social interaction and work intensively to inspire them to reach their potential and contribute positively to the community in which they live.

Maddassar Arif, Hyde Foundation’s Successful Places Projects and Partnerships Manager, organised this event for Hyde and said: “The thought of completing The Big Half Marathon was a huge goal, especially as I have never previously had any interest in running. However I accepted the challenge and encouraged Hyde staff and Hyde residents to run the race and fundraise for the night time university. I found the whole experience incredibly rewarding and am thrilled so many of my colleagues have pulled together, made it across the finish line and helped to raise much-needed funds for such a great cause.”

Nick di Paolo, Lead Customer Researcher, who sprinted across the finish line in 1:25.41 said: “It was really special to have the opportunity to run through the streets of London. There was really good support all around the course that made for a fantastic atmosphere. It was great to see so many runners from Hyde raising money for a fantastic cause.”

Girija Tase, Organisation Development Adviser, finished in 2:05:52 and said: “When the opportunity to run the half marathon for Hyde came up, I had just taken up running, so it seemed like the perfect way to challenge myself. My decision was made when I discovered we were raising funds for a night time university. Hyde has delivered a night time university before at the Stonebridge community centre in Brent. I had the privilege of experiencing it first-hand and seeing the positive benefits this gave to local young people.

“Running 13.1 miles turned out to be a real challenge, especially after mile 11, but knowing why we were doing it helped me push through. I am honestly so proud of what we achieved.”

Jamie Anglesea, Deputy Director at Salmon Youth Centre, crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 39 minutes. He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that our Salmon team and so many Hyde staff have committed to raising money for our young people to be able to progress. We're all really excited about the night time university and grateful that so many people have put in so much effort to make it happen.”

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