When our CEO Lee Hallam met Danny, he quickly identified that the CatZero charity work aligned closely with the core values of Linbrooke Services. A shared passion to support children and families from economically deprived areas, offering opportunity and hope. Helping to raise the profile of #30in30challenge, and more importantly funds to support disadvantaged individuals in need, our employees will be joining Danny during the challenge on one of the routes crossing over our regional offices and our HQ in Yorkshire to participate in 845,95 mile run.
Catzero is a Northern leading charity delivering innovative youth development training programmes that allow participants to self-assess their needs and set their own targets to improve their lives. The programmes take young people outside their comfort zone to complete a number of tasks. These include training sessions, introduction to employment and education opportunities, links to local community groups, all leading to a sailing challenge on board a 72ft challenge-racing yacht as a full crew member.
Director of Sailing Danny Watson will be setting off from John O’Groat’s in April 2020 to challenge himself and to raise £75,000 to match-fund grants enabling more Full Families programmes to run in the Humber region. Danny will endure 30 days of non-stop marathons of more than 800 miles for this great cause.
Danny said: “Working with vulnerable families has affected me personally especially as I now have a family. I have used the principles we have developed in CatZero in changing my own life. I am passionate about the work we do with children, young people, and their families creating lasting change. I am willing to put myself on the line to raise further funds to help full families improve their lives.”
The whole 30in30 experience will be a grand finale to seven consecutive years, during which Danny has built up his resilience, strength and fitness. Over the last six years, along with fellow challengers, he has raised more than £80,000 having undertaken marathons, an Ironman event, a Humber swim and country-wide cycle rides.
Key sponsors: Beal Homes, Harris Lacey Swain, Clipper Ventures PLC, Adams and Green, Sewell Group, Informed Financial Planning, The Horncastle Group and Hodson Architects.