Training has gone well thanks. Feeling confident that I ama) going to get round andb) 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
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
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.
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.
Are 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page and leave a message
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.
News has just come through that Restore has won it’s housing benefits case appealing against a decision by City of York Council to withhold part of the payment that our tenants are entitled to have.
After seven months the judge has ruled in favour of one of our tenants and the judgment is expected to be applied to all the others who are affected.
This is excellent news for them and for Restore and it will allow us to press ahead with our plans for the future in the knowledge that we are permitted to house people in what is defined as exempt accommodation.
We are aware that a lot of people have been watching this case, not least our partners in housing homeless people in York who rely on Restore to provide homes for people who need to move on from temporary accommodation. We have also been supported by our many people who have made substantial contributions to our funds and added their prayers and encouragement as we have fought this long battle.
There remain some further negotiations with the Benefits Department of CoYC please pray that they will be more straightforward now we have this decision in our favour.
Thank you to everyone who helped with this case – and especially to God for answering prayer.
UPDATE: 25th Sept 2014
We presented our case to the judge but his outline judgment won’t be delivered until next week. Please pray that he will see his way through the maze of evidence laid before him today.
After a long wait our appeal against an adverse housing benefit decision will be heard on Thursday 25th September. A number of our tenants had their benefit cut by City of York Council back in March which seriously reduced our income creating a cash flow problem that threatened our survival. [Read more…]
Nicky, Rachael & Sheila are running a collective 78 miles on 12th October in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. They’re raising money for Restore so that we can continue to house homeless people in the city and provides them with support to rebuild their lives.
If you would like to sponsor them head over to their fundraising page and if you’re in York on Sunday 12th of October – get down to the roadside and cheer them on their way.
Thank you for your support!