Twelve runners from a Birmingham-based theatre company will run the Bupa Great Birmingham Run to raise awareness of its work with prisons and offenders across the UK.
Geese Theatre Company will enter three teams, which will be made up of company and board members as well as family and friends.
But the event will be a whole team affair as colleagues will be ensuring the team is well hydrated, by setting up a stall at Cannon Hill Park to raise awareness of the company’s work.
Geese Theatre Company works with around 150 prisons in the UK and, since it was established 26 years ago, has worked with over 200,000 offenders.
Money raised will support its ongoing projects which use drama and theatre to encourage self-awareness and to assist individuals in exploring the idea of change and the impact that change may have on their lives.
Each year, the company works with over 1,500 offenders and offers training to 6,000 professionals such as probation officers, judges and police.
Geese Theatre Company’s Operations and Marketing Coordinator Kerry Reidy explained: “Due to the nature of our work, Geese Theatre Company has traditionally been very low-key but we are keen to raise the profile of the company’s excellent work with offenders and the positive role we play in helping people not to re-offend.”
The runners have been motivating one another to train by sharing blogs offering tips for training and support for one another.
Kerry, who has been training with her husband and ran her first half marathon in April, added: “It’s quite daunting to be running with colleagues and raising money for Geese Theatre Company, it makes you want to train harder and not let the team or company down, but we are really looking forward to the day and participating as a team.”
To learn more about Geese Theatre Company and its work, please visit www.geese.co.uk and you can donate to the challenge at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Geese&faId=352184&isTeam=true