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British Gas employees walk 14,000 miles to raise cash for the homeless

More than 1,500 employees, their families and friends ran or walked a 10km, half marathon or a marathon distance as part of the 2014 British Gas Treks Britain series. A total of 14,690 miles - the equivalent of more than half way around the Earth’s circumference - were completed by participants at the six events held in the Thames Valley, Yorkshire, North West England, Scotland, the Midlands and Wales throughout the month. The event raised £196,000 towards the million pound target.

Every penny raised from the treks will go towards helping families struggling with bad housing and homelessness. Shelter helps over three million people a year with housing problems by providing free advice online, by phone and face to face.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: “It’s fantastic so many British Gas employees have trekked across Britain in support of Shelter. Millions of people come to Shelter for support every year, so every penny counts when it comes to helping families across the country to find and keep a decent place to live."

British Gas Treks Britain is part of a major five-year partnership between British Gas and Shelter to work together for Better Homes for Britain, with the ambition of improving one million homes in the private rented sector. British Gas hopes to raise £1 million for the charity by 2017.

Chris Weston, Managing Director of British Gas, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to colleagues and their friends and family members who took part in this great challenge. I’m pleased that the British Gas Treks Britain events have raised such a huge sum of money to help fight bad housing and homelessness “

Case study: The money raised will go towards helping more families facing homelessness, like Julia and her four year-old son. They were made homeless after a flood in their rented home made the property uninhabitable, and they couldn't find anywhere else they could afford to rent.

Julia and her son spent months living in emergency Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Julia said: “When we were at the B&B I had to share a bed with my son, and we had to eat our meals on the bed or on the floor. It was so scary not knowing how long we would have to stay there, and what would happen to us next.”

After living in the B&B for more than three months Julia called Shelter for advice. The charity was able to help Julia to secure more suitable temporary accommodation. Julia added: “I got vital information and support from Shelter, and if I hadn't had that, I wouldn't have known what to do. Thanks to them, we can start getting our lives back on track now.”

Catch up with all the action from the treks on our Pinterest board here.

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