Building society runners aim for £300,000 Shelter donation

Ninety five employees from the building society sector will be taking part in this year&#39s Flora London Marathon on April 13 to raise funds for homeless charity Shelter.

Funds raised by the sector will assist Shelter&#39s work with homeless children and continue the long-standing partnership between Shelter and the sector.

Shelter works tirelessly helping 100,000 people each year but for every person running the Flora London Marathon (approximately 30,000 runners), there are three children experiencing homelessness.

The charity aims to raise £1m from the marathon to help thousands of homeless children across the country and the sector&#39s role in achieving this aim is vital. The building society runners are hoping to contribute around £300,000 to this total through sponsorship.

Twenty four societies are represented in the Building Societies Association marathon team which will include Mark Bratt, BSA policy adviser and senior management figures such as Peter Rowley, chief executive of Darlington BS, and Paul Winter, sales and marketing director, Ipswich BS.

Adrian Coles, director-general of the BSA, says: “I have been overwhelmed by the generous response of the building society sector to Shelter&#39s request for runners. The fact we have nearly 100 runners shows what a fit lot building society people are.

“But more importantly, it is a recognition of the long-standing relationship between the building society sector and Shelter and a demonstration of the high regard held for the work Shelter does”.

Alan Gosschalk, director of fundraising at Shelter, says: “The support from the BSA and its members for our 2003 Marathon campaign is incredible. Their amazing efforts will help Shelter&#39s work with thousands of homeless and badly housed children across the country. It is fantastic to know that the whole sector is supporting this vital cause.”