Monday, 26 October 2015

Wonderful Volunteer Marshalling Partnership at the Love Luton Half Marathon


Over 125 volunteers led by local homeless charity Signposts helped to get the town moving yesterday (25th October) at the third annual Love Luton Half Marathon.

Community groups from across the town rallied together to marshal the event, manning water stations, setting up road blocks, registering entrants and cheering on the hard-working runners.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, Luton Borough Council’s volunteer scheme, Sea Cadets Luton, Signposts, Stopsley Baptist Church, Stopsley Striders, Tesco, The Rotary Club of Luton and the University of Bedfordshire all donned hi-vis jackets and supported the event.

Volunteers were up bright and early to begin work at 7am, going through initial checks and ensuring that participants were given their race numbers. The team then split into three groups in order to cover a number of stations in the town centre, Luton Hoo and Wardown Park.

A bus and driver were provided kindly donated by Arriva so that volunteers could be transported around the town, while Tesco kept everyone fed and watered with a generous donation.

As runners approached the final stretch of the course, dozens of volunteers were among the crowd cheering them on while they crossed the finish line.

Signposts Community Development Manager, Phyl Rainey, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many volunteers from all over the town came to support this fantastic event. It was a great example of what can be achieved when different communities come together.”

If you have a community project which you think would be suitable for Signposts’ clients, contact Phyl Rainey on phylrainey@signpostsluton.co.uk

Signposts provide supported hostel accommodation for homeless people. Offering those that live with us the opportunity to get involved in local community projects. Jobs undertaken protect and enhance the natural and built environment.

Our aim is to challenge the perception about homelessness, build cohesion and show that all members of community have something to contribute.

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