Housing Boss and Staff get on their Marks to Help Homeless
Published by Helen Zatte for Watmos Community Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Left to right, Tom Hopkins, Joanne Griffiths, Rehman Akhtar and Dean Barker are all set for the Wolf Run in aid of the homeless charity Shelter.
The Chief Executive and three employees of a Walsall-based housing group are gearing up for a gruelling off-road run to pull in pounds for a homeless charity.
The team from Walsall-based WATMOS Community Homes is competing in the Wolf Run, a hardcore 10-kilometre off-road run through woodland, lakes and thick mud, in Warwickshire on Saturday April 26th.
Chief Executive Tom Hopkins had asked if anyone at the tenant-run housing association was up for the challenge as a way to raise much-needed funds for the housing and homeless charity Shelter.
Tom, aged 52, put himself forward along with Quality Assurance Assistant Joanne Griffiths, aged 37, Senior Procurement Officer Rehman Akhtar, aged 42, and 40-year-old Dean Barker, Leamore Tenant Management Organisation’s Estate Director.
Tom said: “I’m so pleased that we have staff who have volunteered to take part in this exciting and unique event.
“Our involvement has prompted a great deal of interest from both WATMOS staff and our contractors and we already have hundreds of pounds pledged in sponsorship.
“I’m sure that the Wolf Run will generate much-needed funds for our nominated charity Shelter and at the same time offer our volunteers the opportunity to participate in this fantastic personal challenge.”
As well as doing their own exercise routines, the four have been putting in some lunchtime training and aim to raise £1,000 for Shelter, a charity which helps over three million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
Joanne has completed several half marathons and took part in last year’s Tough Mudder army-style assault course but the others have never done anything like this before.
Supporters from WATMOS will be going along on the day to cheer on the team as they take on a series of tough obstacles designed to test mental and physical strength, skill and stamina.
WATMOS Community Homes, based in Lichfield Street, became the UK’s first tenant-led housing association in 2003 after 1,750 homes on eight estates across Walsall were transferred to WATMOS from Walsall Council.
Since then WATMOS has transformed areas once blighted by crime and drugs into desirable places to live and now owns 2,700 properties across Walsall and Lambeth.