Jul 5, 2016

#Beacon24 a fantastic success!


#Beacon24, a charity 24 hour endurance run, walk and cycle was held on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd July. The route was a 10k loop set at Beacon Hill Country Park and participants could set their own goals by choosing the distance they wished to cover.


Shaun Crowson, Simon Hardy and Falcon Support Services organise the annual event which is in its second year to raise awareness of homelessness and funds for Falcon Support Services.


We were lucky the weather improved and a total of 122 participated in the event. Family and friends camped on the site to support their loved ones throughout the 24 hours and this contributed to a great atmosphere. Fun activities such as face painting, a raffle, games and refreshments were available.


It was great to have running and walking clubs from across Leicestershire take part, and the support and team morale made a real difference to everyone.


The furthest distance completed was 90 miles by Darryl Hughes, which matched #Beacon24’s current record. Whether participants completed 1 lap, or 15 laps everyone was truly inspirational and achieved or surpassed their own personal targets.


Rachel Hall from Falcon Support Services said “We were overwhelmed by the support this year from community members and businesses, in particular Be Street Smart, Sam Woodward Painting and Decorating, East Midlands Airport, Tesco, Robert Hardy Gas Services Ltd and Plumb Center Loughborough that sponsored the event. It was amazing to see the event triple in size from last year, and we would like to thank everyone who took part or supported the event.”


The total raised so far is £1940.93, with further sponsorship money to come in. If you would like to sponsor the participants or donate to Falcon Support Services, you can do so at www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/beacon24.


#Beacon24 is an annual event and will return in 2017.


Apr 28, 2016

#Beacon24 is approaching

#Beacon24 is not far away now, and final plans are coming together.


We have a great meeting with Shaun Crowson and Simon Hardy last night. Tickets are selling, so don't miss yours now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beacon24-tickets-21007438815. All entrants will receive Beacon24 t-shirts and medals.


Individual Tickets are £20 or Team Tickets (up to 8 people) are available at £80. Do you have a running/walking/cycling group within your work or friends?  


Unable to compete? You can support us in other ways... why not spread the word, sponsor the event (business logos to be advertised at the event), or donate a raffle prize. We already have support of Tesco, Plumb Centre, Peter Pizza, JIM, Fit4Less, Radisson Blu, High 5, Greens Deli, so thanks to all these.


#Beacon24 will be held 2nd and 3rd July, and it looks like we have facepainting, a performance from our choir Unity and stalls from Loft and Muto.


If you think you can help, please get in touch with Rachel Hall on 01509 220402.


Feb 2, 2016

#Festiveshelter Success

Community Members enjoying Christmas Dinner
Community Members enjoying Christmas Dinner

Falcon Support Service’s recent #festiveshelter appeal to provide emergency beds to the homeless over the festive period has been a resounding success, with an amazing response from the local community, businesses and some fundraising events, raising a total of £5,408. 


We were overwhelmed with the generosity and this has allowed us to not only provide the beds over December, but by raising more money than expected has enabled us to continue this throughout the whole of January. We have accommodated 27 people on the bed, totalling 137 nights who would be struggling to find somewhere to stay.


A service user who used one of the emergency beds was asked what it meant to have an emergency bed, knowing the community had funded it. This is what he said “It means everything to me. It shows that some people actually care and the worlds not full of nasty people."


In addition to the Emergency Beds, Falcon Support Services put on a Christmas Lunch at the Falcon Centre which was opened up to vulnerable members of the community and 29 attendees received a memorable meal and Christmas gift. 


After the Loughborough Echo’s story on the #festiveshelter appeal, Falcon Support Services were inundated with volunteers who wanted to help the homeless over Christmas. One of the volunteers said “It showed what a fantastic charity you are and I absolutely applaud you all. The #festiveshelter appeal highlighted how we as a community have rallied around to give back to those in need”


We are honoured to have made a difference to those that need us. We would like to say a big thank you for the dedication of the volunteers and staff members as well as the donors who made this all happen. We are always grateful to those that support our cause in helping the homeless from crisis to independent living.


If you would like to keep up to date with the work we are doing, and upcoming fundraising events, I have included our Social Media accounts below which you can follow. Alternatively if you feel there are ways in which you can support us further we would always be keen to meet interested parties and explore how we could develop a mutually beneficial working relationship.


All the Best

Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner
Santa sharing the donated Christmas presents
Santa sharing the donated Christmas presents


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