Volunteering/Fundraising at SIG – Jas

Volunteers are an integral part of our SIG community. Not only do they volunteer at our services, but they also undertake fundraising efforts on our behalf.

Earlier this year, our Bridge House service was given a boost with the support of a charity runner at the Hampton Court half marathon.

Jas Uppal, a Psychology Facilitator in the Prison Service decided to run the Hampton Court half marathon and raise money for charity.

Jas knew that she wanted to raise money for a smaller charity and one that meant a lot to her. She wanted to find a charity focussed around helping women who have faced some sort of difficulty in their life. Her mother is a single mother who has faced hardship and witnessing this has really helped Jas to appreciate the strength a woman has and how raising children on their own is not an easy job. When she saw the work that our Bridge House service does, she felt motivated to support other women.

Jas’ initial target was £200, and she achieved this early on after circulating her JustGiving page to family and friends, so she raised the target to £250. This target was also reached, and she continued to fundraise via social media and work.

The mothers and children at Bridge House were very thankful to Jas and made her a banner of support and encouragement before the race. The women said: “We are all very grateful to Jas for taking on the marathon to raise funds on behalf of Bridge house families, thank you and good Luck!

Jas completed the race in her estimated time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Everyone at SIG and in particular the Bridge House service is grateful to Jas for her efforts.

Whether you decide you’d like to fundraise like Jas or to volunteer at one of our services, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us: Volunteering – Social Interest Group – Social Interest Group