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Housing employees kick off charity canal trek challenge


Housing staff from Incommunities and South Liverpool Housing have stepped out to complete the first leg of a 120 mile charity walk, cycle and run challenge (10 April).

Over the next five days scores of housing employees will take on the canal route from Liverpool to Shipley to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust – the nominated charity of Geraldine Howley as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group chief executive and Terrie Alafat, chief executive of CIH, joined the intrepid walkers on the opening leg – a 12 mile journey from Eldonian Way, Liverpool to Maghull on Merseyside.

They were joined by Incommunities colleagues Miles Boothby and Cathy Chattaway who are this week cycling and walking the canal route.

On Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 April), over 50 staff from housing associations including First Choice Homes Oldham, Leeds Federated Housing, Leeds and Yorkshire Housing as well as CIH will take part in the last two legs – Nelson to Skipton to Shipley. They will join Incommunities colleagues who are set to finish the challenge at the housing group’s base at the Quays in Shipley.

The charity, 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.

Geraldine Howley said: "The challenge got off to a great start in Liverpool at the weekend.

"A big thank you to Terrie Alafat from CIH and colleagues from South Liverpool Housing who gave up their Sunday to kick things off and Miles and Cathy from Incommunities who are turning to pedal power to help cover Liverpool to Shipley in five days!

"It is humbling to see so many employees both from housing groups and the Chartered Institute of Housing support this latest fundraising initiative for the Prince’s Trust and its fabulous work.

"Everyone is looking forward to completing the route and hitting our target of raising £2,000 towards the Prince’s Trust."

You can show your support for the canal challenge online

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