Three Azalea supporters will be pounding the streets of Luton at this year's Half Marthon.
Sam Hargreaves, Gerard van de Westhaven and Nick Bowman are running the Love Luton Half Marathon on October 29th. By joining the throngs in aid of Azalea, these guys are truly demonstrating love for Luton as they help to find local solutions to local problems.
Nick Bowman explains why he is running:
"About ten years ago I was working as a support worker for a homeless charity, and completing a key meeting with a young woman,. She had been working as an 'escort' from a young age. I asked her how she had got into this kind of work. I will never forget the answer:
'I thought, well this is what I have to do at home, so I might as well get paid for it'.
Thankfully we were able to get this woman the help she needed. Others are not so lucky. So many women and children are in a similar situation to hers, but because of the complexity of their needs, they find themselves falling through the gaps in the local service provision. This is why the work of Azalea is so important.
In addition to the outreach work, meeting with women on the streets and operating a Drop-in centre, Azalea are now offering Flint - a service for men who engage in unhealthy sexual behaviour and want to stop. The most recent development is opening a Recovery centre where Azalea can offer thorough and holistic programmes for clients like the woman I mentioned above who want to move on to a better life."
Five Fabulous supporters are running 13 miles through London in aid of Azalea!
Henry Merriweather, Anthony Davis, Nicola and Jacques Hammersley and Roxanna Whittaker are doing the Royal Parks Half on October 8th 2017.
A number of other runners are also fundraising for Azalea - read more about them below.
Watch Roxanna talk about why she is doing the run, after she met "Katie" during Azalea's Drop-in:
We'd love as many people as possible to support them. You can make a donation through Azalea's Virgin Giving Page.
It's a special occasion as it's Azalea's 10th birthday, and the Royal Parks Half is also celebrating its 10th year!
Runners do the Yorkshire Marathon, Luton Half Marathon and Park Run 5K for Azalea and Flint
After the Royal Parks Half, a number of other runners are doing sponsored events this autumn.
Ed is running the Yorkshire Marathon on October 8th :You can sponsor him here.
Steve and Ian are running the 5K for Flint on October 31st. You can sponsor them here.