A team of dedicated runners from Wates Residential who ran the Havering Half Marathon have spoken about the importance of supporting the local mental health charity, Havering Mind.
The 10-strong team – made up of staff from the national developer, its partners and family members – took on the course on Sunday (October 6th).
The route stretches 13.1 miles and passes through Bonnets Wood and Hornchurch Country Park before finishing at Abbs Cross Academy. Four Wates Residential staff will be volunteering as marshals along the course to help ensure the competitors are safe.
Wates Residential is currently working with Havering Council to deliver the borough’s biggest and most ambitious housing regeneration scheme. The joint venture partners will deliver around 5,000 homes across 12 sites in the borough over the next 12-15 years, more than doubling the amount of council rented accommodation and doubling the amount of affordable housing.
The half marathon, the first in the borough for 25 years, is being organised by local mental health charity Havering Mind. The charity provides services to people living in the local area who are experiencing problems with their mental wellbeing.
Wates Residential sponsored the event and also provided support on the day and fundraising. The event was also supported by the developer’s partners, JTP and Conran and Partners, architects and masterplanners working with Wates Residential on Phase One of the Havering regeneration scheme.
The Wates Residential team included seven members of staff, two family members and one runner from Conran and Partners. Ages of the team ranged from 29 to 58, including a mix of veteran marathoners and those who have never completed one before.
One member of the team was Danny Wilson, 38 from Upminster. Danny is a Regional Commercial Manager at Wates Residential and one of the national developer’s mental health first aiders. He signed up as he wanted to participate in a local event and support Havering Mind’s essential work in the borough. He said:
“It’s fantastic we are getting better education about mental health and how we are all affected. We need charities like Mind to ensure everyone has someone to talk to, so they are not facing problems alone.”
Meanwhile, David Saunders, 34, is a Commercial Manager working on the Havering and Wates joint venture. His job is to work with supply chain partners and local companies to procure various elements in relation to the construction work for the regeneration project.
“I was shocked at the amount of people the charity helps on a daily basis within the borough so hopefully this event will provide some much needed funds to assist people this year and in the years ahead.”
Speaking about the benefits the event will bring to Havering, he added:
“The run takes place through some great scenic routes and will bring new people to the borough. Plus, we will find some new places we have not visited before!”
Wates Residential Head of Finance Sam Story, 35, who is currently working on the joint venture, and his wife Lucy, 33, have both run races before, but this one is particularly special. They said:
“Mental health is close to our hearts. We really believe in the importance of people considering their own mental health and making sure they get help when they need, without feeling embarrassed or negatively about it.”
Wates Residential also hosted a stand on the day, where residents spoke to staff to ask questions about the regeneration project.
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director at Wates Residential, said:
“Wates Residential is thrilled to sponsor the Havering Half Marathon. After 25 years, it’s great to see a race like this return to the borough thanks to the organisation of local charity Havering Mind. Havering Mind is a vital resource for Havering residents, and I hope that this event will raise enough money to allow them to continue offering crucial mental health support in the future.”