Deano Marathon update

On the home run

On the home run

It may have taken me just over 6 hours to get round the course, but it was worth every step knowing that so many people had so generously supported the work that we do at Restore.   There were points, especially around mile 21 where I wasn’t sure I’d manage it but seeing family and friends around the course and being aware that so many people were praying for me was a real boost. Thanks to everyone who listened to me grumbling all year about my training runs and sore legs and to all the folks who came out to wave and cheer on the day.
So if you haven’t sponsored Becki yet – it’s not too late. Click here

What takes you 5 minutes and 3hrs 43mins for Daniel?

imageIt’s time to rest and load the carbs for Daniel – one of our runners in the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday. It’ll only take you five minutes to sponsor him – finishing the race will take Daniel a little longer, but he hopes it’ll not be too long. He has a fast time in his sights
Training has gone well thanks. Feeling confident that I am
a) going to get round and
b) going to do it in a good time.
My aim, based on the pace of my longest training run, is a rather precise 3 hours 43. That’s what I am going for, but anything under 4 hours will be… Satisfactory. Heh!
Taking it easy this week, carb loading, hoping to get as much latent energy as I can in me.
Daniel Forshaw

Back Deano in the Marathon this Sunday

Dean competes York Half Marathon

Deano and brother finish York Half Marathon

The final countdown is on. The last few days at the end of a year of training for the Yorkshire Marathon. I’ve managed the Leeds Half Marathon and a couple of weeks ago in glorious sunshine I shaved a half hour off my time at the Vale of York Half.

My calves hurt, my hamstrings hurt and I feel slightly queasy every time I think about standing on the start line – and when I think about the other 26 miles for that matter. My training hasn’t always gone according to my best laid plans, but the support and sponsorship from friends, family and my church is a massive incentive to keep going. If you would like to add your support – do visit the charity choice fundraising page
and please do come out and wave and cheer on the day. I’ll be the one in the bright yellow top! Becki Dean

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Sponsor Deano in the Yorkshire Marathon

Two Marathons for Restore

What takes you 5 minutes … ?

Two Marathons for Restore

We now have TWO runners in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon  on October 11th. Deano has been joined by Daniel, who is running his first marathon.

Becki Dean with winners medal

Becki Dean


Daniel Forshaw

Please support them as they train and run this gruelling race to raise funds for Restore. Our work depends heavily on donations from people like you who want to help us to provide homes for homeless people.

Your sponsorship is a great motivation for Becki and Daniel as they train and as they will eventually slog through arduous parts of the course.

Daniel’s running too


Daniel Forshaw is running his first marathon in York this October, and he’s chosen Restore as his charity.

I have been training hard, but not as hard as I would have liked! Very excited now to see whether I can make it round. My target is an ambitious 4 hours, and pace wise I am on target. Just hoping the legs don’t give way!

You can help him on his way by sponsoring him – the more generous you are the more motivated Daniel will be to complete the course. Click here for his fundrasing  page


Here’s a message from Daniel


This year, I am running the Yorkshire Marathon for Restore (York)! Restore York is a Christian charity which seeks to show God’s love in a really practical way: providing housing to people who would be otherwise homeless. They have a great team who work with the individuals and with other organisations to provide support and to help people who have fallen on hard times to get back on their feet.

I have decided to be a bit optimistic on this one. Not only is this my first marathon, it is my first proper long distance running event! I am aiming, again optimistically, at clocking a time of 3 hours 45 minutes, and thus far I am looking on track to do this.

I would be really grateful for the support, and of course for your donations to Restore (York)!

God bless,


Sponsor Deano in the York Marathon

Becki Dean with winners medal

Becki Dean

Becki is our administrator but when she’s not sitting at her desk or doing any of the myriad of other jobs she’s committed to she’s training for the Yorkshire Marathon. Becki, or Deano, as she is known on the marathon course, is raising money for Restore. You can sponsor her on her fundraising page

The PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon is on Sunday 11th October 2015. As Becki is pounding the 26 miles, every step will be raising money for Restore. Your pledges and donations will spur her on as she strides out each gruelling mile. So dig deep for Becki and Restore. Thank you for all your support. Our tenants will thank you too as we continue our work of providing homes for homeless people in York.

Supporting Landlords #generous

Barrie Stephenson receives cheque from Niall McTurk of York RLA

Barrie Stephenson receives another generous cheque from Niall McTurk of York RLA

For the third year Restore is delighted to be one of the housing charities supported by York Residential Landlords Association.

Our chairman, Barrie Stephenson, made a presentation to the associations’ members at their meeting in the Park Inn on Tuesday 19th May 2015 where he was presented with a donation of £3,000.

Restore values the support of landlords who are too often tagged as rogues or uncaring. The regular support of the YRLA for our work shows them in an all together different light. We’d like to tag them #generous. 

Earlier in the day Barrie was reviewing the papers on the BBC Radio York Breakfast Show with Georgie Spanswick, when he was able to mention the generosity of the YRLA  in front the station’s largest listening audience of the day.

It’s our big fundraiser

Cakes, drinks, brick a brac and books on sale at St Crux Church Hall in the centre of York. We’ll be there all day on Tues 28th April raising funds for the ongoing work of Restore. Do pop in and say hello, enjoy some home made cake and browse through theSt Crux Church Hall books.

Situated just behind M&S at the end of The Shambles it’s right on your doorstep when you’re out shopping or sightseeing in York.

Looking forward to seeing you there to support the work we do to provide homes for homeless people.

The Great Restore Cake and Book Sale

St Crux Church HallAre you free on Tuesday 28th April at any time between 9am and 3:30pm? Would you consider coming into the centre of town to help at our fundraising café and bric-a-brac sale? We will be setting up from 9am at the little church at the end of the Shambles, St Crux. Any time that you could give – making refreshments, serving customers or selling bric-a-brac we would be very grateful indeed.

Equally if you are unable to make it on the day, but could bake buns, cakes and other Mary Berry style delicacies, that would be an enormous help.

All the proceeds go to Restore York to directly support our tenants as they work through all the issues that prevent them having life in all its fullness.

To offer help email: or visit our Facebook page and leave a message

They did it – breaking the £5000 barrier

Sheila, Rachael and Nicky after completing the Yorkshire Marathon

Marathon Success

Congratulations to Sheila, Rachael and Nicky for their marathon success. Not only did they complete the 26 mile Yorkshire Marathon in York they also raised over £5,000 for Restore in the process.

Even after they had finished the gruelling course the cash continued to roll in and once the chancellor has added his donation through Gift Aid they will have banked well in excess of five thousand pounds. It all goes to the work of Restore to house people who would otherwise be homeless in York.

After completing the course our staff member, Sheila, wrote on her Facebook page,

“Today I did one of the hardest things of my life – ran a marathon! Thank you SO much for all your texts, messages, cheering, jelly babies, banners, donations – I genuinely don’t think I’d have made it round without all your support!”

Well done each of you for your fundraising – we hope it was fun too.