On the 6th of August, York will witness an impressive display of athleticism and compassion as a group of dedicated individuals lace up their running shoes for the annual 10K run. This year, the event aims to raise funds for IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service), a vital organization supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Among the participants from Townscape Architects are Russ Thornton, Charlie Redman, Lorna Eley, Sam Long, Steve Barker, and Fraser Harkness, who have been tirelessly training for the challenge. Their goal is not only to test their physical endurance but also to make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic abuse.
IDAS, the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire, provides crucial services to women, men, and children who have endured domestic abuse or sexual violence in York, North Yorkshire, Barnsley, and Sheffield. Their extensive range of support includes a confidential helpline, one-to-one and group outreach programs, and refuge accommodation.
The staggering statistics from 2022 highlight the pressing need for organizations like IDAS. Over the course of the year, they received a staggering 18,000 referrals, answered 25,000 helpline calls, provided support to more than 10,000 individuals in the local community, and housed 250 families in their emergency refuge accommodation.
The funds raised from the York 10K run will significantly contribute to IDAS’s efforts to reach and assist more people whose lives have been shattered by violence and abuse. Each contribution, no matter how big or small, can profoundly impact the lives of those in need.
As Team Townscape takes on this challenge, they appeal to the community for support. Donations can be made to help IDAS continue their invaluable work in providing a safe haven and comprehensive support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected and contribute to a future free from violence and fear.