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Triathlon first place and HomeLess One fundraiser launch

Contrary to the age-old saying, Sunday was no day for relaxing. QualitySolicitors Davisons Director Darryl Wilkes and Conveyancing Solicitor James Kennedy gritted through a gruelling Olympic relay course at the Birmingham Triathlon on 16 June, joined by professional triathlete Ian Dempsey – and they took out first place!

It’s a befitting win given the driving force behind their participation, which was to officially launch QualitySolicitors Davisons’ year-long fundraising campaign for HomeLess One, a charity that works seven days a week to bring hot meals and drinks to the homeless community in Birmingham.

Darryl said the team are incredibly proud and hopes this will be a sign for the success of the fundraising drive.

“The conditions were far from ideal with the lake temperature barely just above single figures, rain showers making the small, technical course almost dangerous at times and the run leg, which was mainly on grass, quite difficult,” Darryl said.

“We’re hoping that by taking on challenges like this to raise funds, we’ll help shine a light on the amazing work being done by organisations like HomeLess One who work tirelessly day-in and day-out to cater to the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community.

“We don’t just want to raise awareness, though, we want people to dig deep and get behind this incredibly important initiative – donations large or small are all very welcome.”

The number of people experiencing homelessness in the Birmingham community is on the rise, with one in 73 now homeless – a total of 15,538 people.[1] These figures include those who are sleeping rough as well as those living in temporary, unsuitable or overcrowded accommodation. According to a damning report by Shelter, this makes Birmingham the worst region across the West Midlands for homelessness and the 22nd worst nationally.

To help spur on the fundraising campaign, QualitySolicitors Davisons will also take part in the Cannon Hill Park sleepover, the Black Country Half Marathon, Birmingham Half Marathon and will host a masquerade gala in November.

“We’re definitely going to have to keep up the training,” James added, “And we’d be very thankful for people to support us on this journey by donating to HomeLess One.”

The trio finished the Birmingham Triathlon in an impressive 2 hours and 11 minutes: Darryl swam 1,500 metres in 27 minutes; James rode 40 kilometres in 1 hour and 6 minutes; and Ian ran 10 kilometres in 35 minutes.

To donate to QualitySolicitors Davisons’ fundraising drive for HomeLess One, head to the JustGiving page.

 

[1] Charlotte Paxton, ‘One in 73 people now 'homeless' in Birmingham - devastating figures reveal’, BirminghamLive (2 November 2018) https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/one-73-people-now-homeless-15446599

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