Vida launches charity drive for Crisis
Vida Homeloans is set to launch its own ‘Alternative Marathon’ charity drive in aid of Crisis, the national charity for people experiencing homelessness.
The event will involve employees at all levels, including Vida’s leadership team, taking part in a variety of activities, such as a 2.6-mile sky dive and mixed marathon relay, while chief executive Anth Mooney will be walking a half marathon with his dog Walter.
This is part of a wider commitment Vida has made to Crisis. The specialist lender has pledged to donate at least £150,000 across three years.
Mooney said: “The Vida Alternative Marathon was inspired by the London Marathon, as arguably the biggest charity fundraising event in the world.
“We wanted to replicate this in some small way, with a twist that embodies our company values of vision, inclusiveness, dynamism and authenticity.
“The aim was to bring people together after a tough 18 months, in support of our charity partner Crisis, in a way that is open to everyone regardless of interests, ability or location.
“At Vida we believe no-one should be forced into homelessness. I’m very grateful to all my colleagues who are taking part, or supporting, our first Alternative Marathon.
“I know I speak for everyone at Vida when I say we are delighted to be partnered with Crisis to assist the fantastic work they do to change people’s lives for the better.”
Richard Lee, head of fundraising at Crisis, added: “We are so pleased to be working with Vida and support their efforts in raising vital funds with the Alternative Marathon.
“The past year has been incredibly tough for everyone and having somewhere safe and secure to call home has never been more important.
“With Vida’s help, we can support people and help them find a path out of homelessness for good.”