An easy way to give this Christmas

By 1st December 2016News


Sign up in December to Ealing Half Marathon 2017 and not only do you get the early bird price but we’ll also donate 10% of all race entrant fees to the Winter Night Shelter who provide essential services for those in need.

Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter provide emergency dormitory style accommodation for up to 14 guests from those who are sleeping on the streets, are at immediate risk of rough sleeping locally and the ‘hidden homeless’. The shelters are open not just over Christmas but all during the winter months (from late November to the end of March).

On each night of the week, whilst the shelter is open, a different church opens its doors to our guests, providing a hot meal, somewhere to sleep, breakfast and above all else, companionship and friendship. On average, guests stay with us for about 4 weeks before moving on – hopefully to more permanent housing.

In 2014-15, Ealing had 287 people recorded sleeping on the streets (a 31% increase over the previous year), according to the GLA official “CHAIN” reports, and many more in precarious accommodation on friends’ floors, night buses, etc. ECWNS stands in the gap by providing for the most basic and essential needs for homeless people – sleep and food. A person who has been made homeless faces enormous risks as a rough sleeper including substance abuse, poor physical and mental health, and acts of criminality. ECWNS seeks to minimise these risks by creating a safe space for homeless people to find temporary respite while helping them to secure more permanent accommodation. Providing temporary respite ‘buys’ some more time before guests become further entrenched in homelessness and are adversely, and sometimes irreversibly, affected by the risks presented by homelessness. Each guest is offered 28 days in the shelter, during which time ECWNS works with partner agencies (St. Mungo’s Broadway, Ealing Soup Kitchen and Acton Homeless Concern) and local housing services to look for a way to move on.

Why wait? Sign up now to help those in need, make your run count even more by helping give back this Christmas:

Ways to save:
Free place – Volunteer and get a free place at the following year event
Discount place – goes to all out finishers for the following year event
Early Bird – Sign up before 31st December to get the price freeze. Plus we donate 10% to Winter Night Shelter
Tier 2 – 1st January to 30th April
Tier 3 – 1st May to 31st July 2017 (closing date)

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