Croxley Christmas Crackers

Two energetic employees from Howdens’ Croxley office decided to take up the challenge of running the Croxley Park 10k Christmas Cracker, in aid of local homeless charity New Hope Trust...

staff running for New Hope charity

Founded in 1990 by two self-styled ‘ordinary house-wives’, Janet Hosier and Sheila Meaning, who saw the many people sleeping rough around St Mary’s Church in the centre of Watford, and felt moved to act.

Today, New Hope is one of the largest providers of homelessness services in the Home Counties.  Housing up to 60 people every night and supporting hundreds more every year, the charity supports people regardless of faith, class, disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

Having never been described as ‘runners’ Niamh Murphy, HR Systems Advisor and Lee Surrey, HR Administrator, donned their running kit to train for the event.  They took part in Saturday morning Park Runs and on some evenings they even ran home from work together.  Their training didn’t let them down; with Lee finishing in 39.26mins and Niamh in 57.22mins, on the course which took place in and around the Croxley Green Business Park, where the Howdens HR Department is based.

The pair raised over £300 in sponsorship from their family, friends and colleagues and as an extra bonus the whole office donated dried and tinned food, cereals and pasta for a Harvest Collection in aid of the New Hope Trust.