10th Dec, 2016

Cyrenians host fundraising walk, run and cycle to support their vital work

Shaun Reynolds 13th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A CITY homelessness charity will host a one-off walk, run and cycle event today (Friday 13) to raise vital funds in aid of improved facilities at a group of their hostels.

Walkers and cyclists will make their first step on the 22.5 mile course at 8am in aid of Coventry Cyrenians.

Formed in 1973, Coventry Cyrenians was first founded when a single volunteer was recruited to run a night shelter for up to ten homeless men.

Now, four decades later, the charity boasts several hostels and aims to improve the quality of life of those who are currently homeless and help them achieve an independent lifestyle.

Competitors will set off from the charity’s head office in Coventry and make there way towards Stoneleigh before passing through Warwick and eventually reaching Stratford via Hampton Lucy.

It’s expected that those walking the course will meet the runners, who will depart from Coventry at 12.30pm, during the final mile where they will walk as a group together.

Furthermore, cyclists will be completing the course five times – meaning a total of 115 miles will be completed by each cyclist.

Jo Page, who works with Coventry Cyrenians, told The Observer: “We have hostels throughout Coventry and Stratford so to let people walk, run or cycle to and from each place makes sense.

“The money raised throughout the event will help us to improve facilities in our hostels and go towards further care to those we house.”

Coventry Building Society has chose Coventry Cyrenians as their charity for the second year on the bounce – and this year eight members of staff will complete the 22.5 mile course.

Jo added: “A department within The Coventry that deals with mortgages has nominated eight people to take part in the event.

“We appreciate their fantastic support and to know every penny raised will help prevent homelessness in Coventry is superb.”

To donate toward the Cyrenians cause, visit www.justgiving.com/thebigwalkruncycle