Nearly £45,000 has been raised for the country’s leading young people’s charity to round off Geraldine Howley’s successful presidential year with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
A delighted Geraldine was able to present a big cheque showing the total sum raised (£44,700) to Catherine Hutchinson from The Prince’s Trust’s Corporate Partnership Team and their volunteers at this week’s CIH annual conference in Manchester.
The Prince’s Trust, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, works with young people from 13 to 30 who are unemployed or struggling at school to turn their lives around. It was Geraldine’s chosen charity as the CIH President for 2015/16.
Over the last twelve months, hundreds of housing colleagues across the UK have supported the charity through a host of fundraising events and activities.
These have included a five-a-side football tournament attracting housing teams from England and Scotland, a 127-mile canal walk and bike challenge involving staff from seven housing organisations, locally organised raffles and Geraldine, along with colleagues, taking part in the Great North Swim.
A number of Incommunities staff have also taken part in their own personal challenges in support of the charity. Management team member Adrienne Reid has swum the equivalent of the length of the Leeds Liverpool Canal at three local pools, Equalities Officer Jayne Booth ran three marathons in three days, Tenancy Enforcement Officers Miles Boothby and Cathy Chattaway cycled and walked from Liverpool to Shipley and Finance Officer Jonah Maina completed the Great North Run.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “The past year has been truly memorable and humbling to see the fantastic support of housing colleagues, relatives and friends, housing partners and the CIH membership who have all got behind my nominated charity.
“I am extremely proud to hand over a cheque for this fabulous amount which will go towards The Prince’s Trust’s invaluable work in turning young lives around. Thank you to everyone.”
Catherine Hutchinson, Corporate Partnerships Executive at The Prince’s Trust said: “We would like to thank Geraldine, the CIH and colleagues across the housing sector for their amazing support.
“You have all done a tremendous job over the past year raising vital funds which will transform the lives of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK.”